Robert Baloucone is among seven changes made by Ulster, for their United Rugby Championship meeting with the Ospreys in Swansea tomorrow.
The Ireland international comes into the right wing in place of Craig Gilroy, having been rested for last week's vital win against Leinster at the RDS.
The other major selection comes among the replacements, with 2017 British and Irish Lion Jack McGrath returning following a 13-month injury layoff.
The former Leinster loosehead last featured in November 2020, having had hip surgery in the spring, and could make his return off the bench.
Last week's Player of the Match James Hume is rested ahead of their Heineken Champions Cup opener with Clermont Auvergne in France, with Angus Curtis coming into the centre to partner Stuart McCloskey.
The remaining changes come in the pack, with Ireland internationals Eric O'Sullivan and Tom O'Toole starting either side of Brad Roberts, who made his Wales debut last month.
Kieran Treadwell returns to second row in place of Sam Carter, while Sean Reidy steps in at blindside flanker, following the head injury sustained by Greg Jones at the RDS a week ago.
Ulster: Mike Lowry; Robert Baloucoune, Angus Curtis, Stuart McCloskey, Ethan McIlroy; Billy Burns, John Cooney; Eric O'Sullivan, Brad Roberts, Tom O’Toole; Kieran Treadwell, Alan O’Connor (Capt.); Sean Reidy, Nick Timoney, David McCann
Replacements: Tom Stewart, Jack McGrath, Marty Moore, Mick Kearney, Marcus Rea, Nathan Doak, Stewart Moore, Craig Gilroy
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