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Olding switches to out-half as Ulster target playoff push against Zebre

Les Kiss’s side can move into the top four with a win on Saturday evening.

Olding: partners Pienaar in the half-backs.
Olding: partners Pienaar in the half-backs.
Image: Presseye/Jonathan Porter/INPHO

IT’S KINGSPAN RATHER than Cardiff for Jared Payne this weekend as Ulster face Zebre in their rescheduled Pro12 clash [Saturday, 6.05pm, BBC].

Expected by many to feature in Ireland’s matchday 23 against Wales, fit-again Payne will instead start at fullback against the Italian side.

A win would see Ulster leapfrog Scarlets into the playoff places, and Les Kiss makes five changes to the side which beat Treviso last time out.

Luke Marshall and Jacob Stockdale form an all-new partnership in midfield while up front, Al O’Connor, Robbie Diack and Chris Henry all start.

Stuart Olding, who started at inside centre last week but moved to out-half in the latter stages, starts at 10.

Ulster (v Zebre):

15. Jared Payne
14. Craig Gilroy
13. Jacob Stockdale
12. Luke Marshall
11. Charles Piutau
10. Stuart Olding
9. Ruan Pienaar

1. Callum Black
2. Rob Herring (captain)
3. Wiehahn Herbst
4. Kieran Treadwell
5. Al O’Connor
6. Robbie Diack
7. Chris Henry
8. Marcell Coetzee

Replacements:

16. John Andrew
17. Andy Warwick
18. Rodney Ah You
19. Franco van der Merwe
20. Clive Ross
21. Paul Marshall
22. Pete Nelson
23. David Busby

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