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Ulster boosted by Henry and McCloskey return for Cardiff trip

The weather forced the northern province to postpone last weekend’s meeting with Zebre and they are in bad need of a win.

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ULSTER WILL WELCOME Chris Henry into the side for the first time this season, while Stuart McCloskey will take the field for his first appearance since picking up a foot injury in September.

The powerful centre forms part of a back-line featuring just one non-international in out-half Brett Herron. Luke Marshall takes up the 13 jersey with a potent back three of Charles Piutau, Tommy Bowe and Craig Gilroy to take on Cardiff tomorrow (17.15, Sky Sports).

Iain Henderson is one of the rare few to play for his province after playing in Ireland’s win over Australia. Henderson scored the opening try as a lock against the Wallabies, but starts in the back row with Henry and Sean Reidy.

Ulster team to face Cardiff:

15. Charles Piutau
14. Tommy Bowe
13. Luke Marshall
12. Stuart McCloskey
11. Craig Gilroy
10. Brett Herron
9. Ruan Pienaar

1. Kyle McCall
2. Rob Herring (Capt)
3. Wiehahn Herbst
4. Pete Browne
5. Franco van der Merwe
6. Iain Henderson
7. Chris Henry
8. Sean Reidy

Replacements:

16. John Andrew
17. Andy Warwick
18. Rodney Ah You
19. Kieran Treadwell
20. Clive Ross
21. Paul Marshall
22. Louis Ludik
23. Darren Cave

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