Magners League: Brian McLaughlin has named a 29 man squad for Friday’s crucial match against the Cardiff Blues at Ravenhill on Friday (KO 19.05).
Andrew Trimble, Paddy Wallace and Tom Court all return to the Ireland 6 Nations squad ahead of their showdown with Scotland.
Ian Humphreys is named despite his late withdrawal from the Scarlets match due to a shoulder injury. Patrick Jackson, who made an impressive debut at out-half in Humphreys’ absence, has been released to re-join the Ireland U-20 squad.
Darren Cave returns to the squad for the first time since November after recovering from a hamstring injury. Prop Alan Whitten earns a recall to the squad but there is no place for fullback David McIlwaine.
Friday’s last gasp win over the Scarlets was a huge boost to Ulster and they now sit 5 points off the Magners League play-offs with a game in hand. A victory over play-off rivals Cardiff would be another step in the right direction.
ULSTER SQUAD FORWARDS
Jerry Cronin, Declan Fitzpatrick, Paddy McAllister, Bryan Young, Alan Whitten, Nigel Brady, Andi Kyriacou, Ryan Caldwell, Neil McComb, Johann Muller, Tim Barker, Pedrie Wannenburg, TJ Anderson, Willie Faloon, Chris Henry, Robbie Diack.
ULSTER SQUAD BACKS
Ruan Pienaar, Paul Marshall, Ian Humphreys, Niall O’Connor, Ian Whitten, Nevin Spence, Luke Marshall, Darren Cave, Simon Danielli, Tommy Seymour, Craig Gilroy, Jamie Smith, Adam D’Arcy.