Rob Herring will become the seventh player to reach the 200-appearance milestone for Ulster having been named in the match-day squad to face Benetton at Kingspan Stadium on Friday night (7.35pm).

Ireland hooker Herring has been named alongside Andrew Warwick and Tom O'Toole in the front row.

Sam Carter comes in to partner Alan O’Connor, and Carter will also skipper the side.

Matty Rea is named at blindside flanker, with Nick Timoney at openside, and David McCann completing the base of the pack at number eight.

The back line that started last Saturday’s 36-3 win over Zebre has been retained.

Will Addison is selected at full-back, with Ethan McIlroy and Craig Gilroy on the wings.

Stewart Moore and James Hume will form the centre partnership, and Nathan Doak and Billy Burns are named at scrum-half and out-half.

The forward replacements will be Brad Roberts, Callum Reid, Ross Kane, Mick Kearney and Sean Reidy, and the back line options are David Shanahan, Mike Lowry and Ben Moxham.

Benetton, like Ulster, have won their opening two games, including last weekend's 28-27 victory over Edinburgh.

Meanwhile, former Pro14 top try-scorer Rhyno Smith makes his first start at full-back for Benetton.


Ulster: Will Addison; Craig Gilroy, James Hume, Stewart Moore, Ethan McIlroy; Billy Burns, Nathan Doak; Andrew Warwick, Rob Herring, Tom O'Toole; Alan O’Connor, Sam Carter (capt); Matty Rea, Nick Timoney, David McCann.

Replacements: Brad Roberts, Callum Reid, Ross Kane, Mick Kearney, Sean Reidy, David Shanahan, Mike Lowry, Ben Moxham.


Benetton: Rhyno Smith; Ratuva Tavuyara, Marco Zanon, Tommaso Benvenuti, Luca Sperandio; Leonardo Marin, Callum Braley; Federico Zani, Corniel Els, Ivan Nemer; Irné Herbst, Federico Ruzza; Giovanni Pettinelli, Michele Lamaro (capt), Braam Steyn.

Replacements: Tomas Baravalle, Cherif Traoré, Tiziano Pasquali, Marco Lazzaroni, Sebastian Negri, Lorenzo Cannone, Luca Petrozzi, Luca Morisi.


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