Injured Ferris out against Glasgow

Published Thursday, 18 October 2012
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Stephen Ferris has failed to recover from a back injury and has been ruled out of the Ulster team to face Glasgow in the Heineken Cup on Friday night.

Injured Ferris out against Glasgow
Ireland and Ulster''s Stephen Ferris. (© Pacemaker)

Iain Henderson retains his place at blindside flanker, as coach Mark Anscombe makes just two changes to his starting fifteen from the one that beat Castres last week.

Nick Williams has recovered from a rib injury and will start the game at number eight in place of Mike McComish who is named on the bench.

Ruan Pienaar has been named at scrum-half in place of Paul Marshall who has to be content with a seat on the replacements bench despite scoring two tries against the French side last Friday night.

"Paul played outstanding last week and he showed what he is capable of with a man of the match performance," said Anscombe.

"But we're in the position where we have two fantastic options at scrumhalf. Ruan came on and showed what a quality player he is with his distribution and try and the end.

"We have to select the team to win specific games and that's what we've done for this weekend.

"Rugby is an 80 minute game and it's important to have someone like Paul, who can come on and make an impact."

The Ulster coach is also pleased to have back row Nick Williams available.

He said: "Nick has trained all week and has proved that he is 100% fit. He's looked sharp and it's good to have him back in the team."

Glasgow have beaten Ulster just once in their last five encounters but Ulster will be taking nothing for granted after the Scotish side built up a 15-0 lead over Northampton last week before going down to a bonus point defeat.

Ulster team

Backs: J Payne; T Bowe, D Cave, P Wallace, A Trimble; P Jackson, R Pienaar;
Forwards: T Court, R Best, J Afoa, J Muller (c), D Tuohy, I Henderson, C Henry, N Williams;
Replacements: R Herring, C Black, A Macklin, L Stevenson, M McComish, P Marshall, L Marshall, C Gilroy.

© UTV News
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