Ireland lock Iain Henderson has made another speedy recovery from injury to start Ulster’s Pro14 game at Ospreys. Pro14: Ospreys v Ulster (Fri)
Venue: Brewery Field, Bridgend Date: Friday, 15 February Kick-off: 19:35 GMT
It is the second Pro14 match the Ospreys have played in Bridgend, with the match switched from the Liberty Stadium in Swansea in order to avoid a short turn-around between games.
“Hopefully Ulster will be out of their comfort zone a bit, and it’s nice personally for me,” said former Bridgend club player Tom Habberfield.
“It’s good to remember where you’re from and you’ll probably get fans there who don’t go to the Liberty, hopefully it’ll be an exciting game.”
Ulster make eight changes from the disappointing 17-17 draw with Benetton three weeks ago.
There are four changes in the backs, plus one positional switch, with Michael Lowry moving from full-back to out-half. Peter Nelson, Angus Kernohan, Darren Cave and Cooney come in behind the scrum while centre Stuart McCloskey makes his 100th appearance.
There’s also four changes in the pack with Henderson and Murphy joined by the returning Eric O’Sullivan and Clive Ross.
Ospreys: D Evans; Dirksen, Allen, Thomas-Wheeler, Morgan; S Davies (capt), Habberfield; Lay, Baldwin, Botha, Ashley, B Davies, Cracknell, S Cross, J King.
Replacements: Otten, Jenkins, Fia, Griffiths, McCusker, Aubrey, Price, Giles.
Ulster: Nelson; Kernohan, Cave, McCloskey, Ludik; Lowry, Cooney; O’Sullivan, Herring, Moore, O’Connor (capt), Henderson, C Ross, J Murphy, N Timoney.
Replacements: J Andrew, A Warwick, T O’Toole, K Treadwell, S Reidy, D Shanahan, J Hume, R Lyttle.
Referee: Quinton Immelman (SARU)
Assistant referees: Dan Jones (WRU), Ben Breakspear (WRU)