McCloskey to start at centre as Henry returns to bench

Fly-half Sam Windsor will also make his debut for the province against the Glasgow Warriors.

Stuart McCloskey.
Stuart McCloskey.
Image: Presseye/Darren Kidd/INPHO

STUART McCLOSKEY WILL start in midfield for Ulster tomorrow night when they welcome Glasgow Warriors to Belfast (7.30pm).

With McCloskey not involved in Ireland’s squad to face France on Saturday, he will form a midfield partnership with Darren Cave against the Pro12 champions.

Ireland flanker Chris Henry makes a welcome return to action from a shoulder injury sustained in December, and will start from the bench.

It will be a special night for Callum Black as the loosehead prop earns his 100th cap for the province.

Elsewhere, Sam Windsor will make his competitive debut for Ulster after being selected at out-half by director of rugby Les Kiss.

The 28-year-old replaces Ian Humphreys, who suffered a concussion in the 17-15 win over Newport Gwent Dragons last weekend, and will partner Ruan Pienaar in the halfbacks.

Stuart Olding switches to fullback with Jacob Stockdale and Craig Gilroy on the wings.

The front row of Black, captain Rob Herring and Ricky Lutton remains unchanged from the Dragons encounter.

Franco van der Merwe returns to the team after a rest last week and will partner Alan O’Connor in the second row.

Robbie Diack, Sean Reidy and Nick Williams will form an explosive loose forward combination.

John Andrew, Kyle McCall, Bronson Ross, Roger Wilson, Paul Marshall, Paddy Jackson and Sammy Arnold are the other members of the match-day squad.

Ulster (team v Glasgow Warriors)

15. S Olding
14. C Gilroy
13. D Cave
12. S McCloskey
11. J Stockdale
10. S Windsor
9. R Pienaar

1. C Black
2. R Herring (c)
3. R Lutton
4. A O’Connor
5. F van der Merwe
6. R Diack
7. S Reidy
8. N Williams

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16. J Andrew
17. K McCall
18. B Ross
19. C Henry
20. R Wilson
21. P Marshall
22. P Jackson
23. S Arnold

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