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Tommy Bowe back in matchday XV despite Ulster's European ambitions coming to an end

They face Bordeaux at Kingspan Stadium tomorrow.

Tommy Bowe.
Tommy Bowe.
Image: Billy Stickland/INPHO

LES KISS HAS announced six changes to the starting XV that lost to Exeter Chiefs on Sunday ahead of tomorrow’s clash, including Tommy Bowe’s return after last week’s omission.

Ulster’s chances of progression to the knock-out stages are all but gone following last weekend’s defeat, but they’ll be hoping to end their Champions Cup campaign on a high against Union Bordeaux Bègles at Kingspan Stadium on Saturday (1.00pm).

Bowe returns to the starting line-up on the right wing, while Jonny Simpson makes his first start for the provincial side at tighthead prop, having made three cameos of the bench. Darren Cave also returns to the starting team.

Four of the changes come in the tight five as the front row injury crisis continues, with Academy props Ross Kane and Tommy O’Hagan adding their names to the lengthy injury list.

Dave Shanahan and Paddy Jackson are named as half back partners for the second consecutive week.

Ricky Lutton is set to make his first appearance of the season, returning to the bench after a series of injuries.

With just 3 defeats in their last 25 European outings in Belfast, Ulster will be hoping to continue their home record and kick-start their season ahead of a crucial period of Guinness PRO12 games.

Ulster

15. C Piutau
14. T Bowe
13. D Cave
12. S McCloskey
11. A Trimble (captain)
10. P Jackson
9. D Shanahan

1. A Warwick
2. R Best
3. J Simpson
4. R Diack
5. F van der Merwe
6. I Henderson
7.C Henry
8.S Reidy

Replacements:

16.J Andrew
17. C Black
18. R Lutton
19. K Treadwell
20. C Ross
21. P Marshall
22. B Herron
23. C Gilroy

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