into the west
Best earns a rest as Ulster make four changes for trip to Connacht
Herring, Warwick, Williams and Scholes will start in Galway.

ULSTER DIRECTOR OF Rugby Les Kiss has made four changes in personnel to his team for their Guinness Pro12 meeting with Connacht at the Sportsground on St Stephen’s Day (6.00pm).

Rob Herring is tackled by Enrico Bacchin Presseye / Darren Kidd/INPHO Rob Herring replaces Rory Best as hooker and captain for Ulster's meeting with Connacht. Presseye / Darren Kidd/INPHO / Darren Kidd/INPHO

From the side that defeated Toulouse in the European Champions Cup in France last weekend, Rory Best has been given a breather so Rob Herring will fill in as both hooker and captain. Elsewhere in the front-row, Andy Warwick replaces Kyle McCall at loosehead prop.

Roger Wilson will start on the bench, with Nick Williams taking the number eight shirt. After fracturing his eye socket last weekend, Craig Gilroy will be replaced on the wing by Rory Scholes.

Ulster (v Connacht):

15. Louis Ludik
14. Andrew Trimble
13. Luke Marshall
12. Stuart McCloskey
11. Rory Scholes
10. Paddy Jackson
9. Ruan Pienaar

1. Andy Warwick
2. Rob Herring (captain)
3. Wiehahn Herbst
4. Alan O’Connor
5. Franco van der Merwe
6. Robbie Diack
7. Sean Reidy
8. Nick Williams


16. John Andrew
17. Callum Black
18. Ricky Lutton
19. Stephen Mulholland
20. Roger Wilson
21. Paul Marshall
22. Ian Humphreys
23. Sammy Arnold

‘Contract issues don’t concern me right now’ – Foley

‘Losing to Leinster would be unacceptable’ – Zebo

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