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Ulster name Best captain against imposing Clermont outfit

Paddy Jackson, Robbie Diack and Louis Ludik also come into the Ulster team.

ULSTER HAVE RECALLED Ireland internationals Paddy Jackson and Rory Best for tomorrow’s Champions Cup meeting with Clermont at Kingspan Stadium [KO 1pm, Sky Sports 2].

Ulster’s Rory Best Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

With Ulster co-captains Andrew Trimble and Rob Herring absent from the starting XV, Ireland skipper Best leads the northern province for a crucial clash with a strong Clermont outfit.

The only other changes to Ulster’s starting side see Robbie Diack and Louis Ludik named to start, with Diack coming into the second row in place of the missing Franco van der Merwe. Ludik takes Craig Gilroy’s place on the left wing.

Meanwhile, Clermont have named a host of France internationals including the in-form Wesley Fofana, Morgan Parra, Remi Lamerat and captain Damien Chouly. Fiji number eight Peceli Yato starts, while Nick Abendanon has been named on the wing.

Ulster:

15. Charles Piutau
14. Tommy Bowe
13. Luke Marshall
12. Stuart McCloskey
11. Louis Ludik
10. Paddy Jackson
9. Ruan Pienaar

1. Kyle McCall
2. Rory Best (captain)
3. Wiehahn Herbst
4. Peter Browne
5. Robbie Diack
6. Iain Henderson
7. Chris Henry
8. Sean Reidy

Replacements:

16. Rob Herring
17. Andy Warwick
18. Rodney Ah You
19. Kieran Treadwell
20. Clive Ross
21. Paul Marshall
22. Darren Cave
23. Jacob Stockdale

Clermont:

15. Scott Spedding
14. David Strettle
13. Remi Lamerat
12. Wesley Fofana
11. Nick Abendanon
10. Camille Lopez
9. Morgan Parra

1. Raphael Chaume
2. Benjamin Kayser
3. Davit Zirakashvili
4. Flip van der Merwe
5. Sébastien Vahaamahina
6. Damien Chouly (captain)
7. Alexandre Lapandry
8. Peceli Yato

Replacements:

16. Yohan Beheregaray
17. Etienne Falgoux
18. Clement Ric
19. Sitaleki Timani
20. Camille Gerondeau
21. Ludovic Radosavljevic
22. Benson Stanley
23. Alivereti Raka

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