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Trimble returns to head up Ulster Italian job

Mark Anscombe has made six changes as Ulster look to make it nine wins from nine against Benetton Treviso tomorrow evening.

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ANDREW TRIMBLE RETURNS to Ulster colours tomorrow evening when the Pro12 leaders take on Benetton Treviso in Italy.

Trimble was edged out of Ireland’s 22 for Saturday’s must-win test against Argentina, with coach Declan Kidney instead handing Craig Gilroy his first cap following his hat-trick against Fiji last weekend.

Trimble lines out on the right of an experimental back three which sees 20-year-old Academy prospect Peter Nelson make just his second start at full-back and Michael Allen preferred to Chris Cochrane on the left.

In total Mark Anscombe makes six personnel changes including an all-new front row as Ulster bid to extend their 100% start in the competition to nine games in a row.

Tom Court, Rob Herring and Declan Fitzpatrick come in up front in place of Callum Black, Nigel Brady and John Afoa with the rest of the pack unchanged from the dramatic 27-25 win in Zebre last week.

With Ruan Pienaar still on international duty with the Springboks, Paul Marshall partners Niall O’Connor in the half-backs. Roger Wilson captains the side.

Ulster: P Nelson; A Trimble, J Payne, P Wallace, M Allen; N O’Connor, P Marshall; T Court, R Herring, D Fitzpatrick; R Diack, N McComb, N Williams, M McComish, R Wilson (c).

Replacements: N Brady, C Black, J Afoa, J Simpson, A Birch, M Heaney, S Olding, C Cochrane.

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