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Ulster make two changes for Leicester showdown

Mark Anscombe’s side out to tame the Tigers in Welford Road tomorrow evening.

Best, Black and Tuohy: all three start in the pack tomorrow evening.
Best, Black and Tuohy: all three start in the pack tomorrow evening.
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RORY BEST WILL win his 150th cap as Ulster chase a home quarter-final against Leicester.

Mark Anscombe makes two changes from the side which beat Montpellier last weekend, setting up tomorrow’s mouth-watering showdown between the Pool 5 rivals.

With both sides already guaranteed their place in the last eight, prized home advantage is on the line when they meet in Welford Road (6pm).

Loosehead prop Callum Black is selected for his first-ever Heineken Cup start while Roger Wilson is preferred to Robbie Diack in the back row.

Craig Gilroy is fit to start on the left wing having broken his nose in last week’s win.

Leicester, who are two points behind the 100% Ulster, have recalled Anthony Allen and Tom Youngs to their starting XV.

Leicester Tigers: Mathew Tait; Niall Morris, Matt Smith, Anthony Allen, Vereniki Goneva; Toby Flood (c), Ben Youngs; Marcos Ayerza, Tom Youngs, Dan Cole; Ed Slater, Graham Kitchener; Jamie Gibson, Julian Salvi, Jordan Crane.

Replacements: Rob Hawkins, Boris Stankovich, Fraser Balmain, Louis Deacon, Steve Mafi, David Mélé, Owen Williams, Scott Hamilton.

Ulster: Jared Payne; Andrew Trimble, Darren Cave, Luke Marshall, Craig Gilroy; Paddy Jackson, Ruan Pienaar; Callum Black, Rory Best, John Afoa; Johann Muller (c), Dan Tuohy; Roger Wilson, Chris Henry, Nick Williams.

Replacements: Rob Herring, Tom Court, Ricky Lutton, Iain Henderson, Robbie Diack, Paul Marshall, David McIlwaine, Michael Allen.

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