ROBERT BALOUCOUNE returns to the Ulster facet for tomorrow’s Champions Cup match against Northampton.
The fit-again Ireland winger will hope to assist Dan McFarland’s males clinch qualification for the knockout levels with a 3rd successive win in Europe.
Baloucoune, 24, is certainly one of seven modifications to the facet crushed by Munster final weekend in the URC as Stewart Moore is introduced in to companion James Hume at centre, with Andy Warwick, Marty Moore, Kieran Treadwell and Marcus Rea all included in the pack.
Nathan Doak can also be in at scrum-half with John Cooney injured. Alan O’Connor will captain the facet from the second row.
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Baloucoune (above) has been lacking for his province since selecting up a shoulder harm in the win over Clermont Auvergne final month.
But the postponement of festive URC fixures against Connacht and Leinster meant he solely needed to sit out the second Champions Cup victory — over tomorrow’s opponents — and that Munster fixture.
He mentioned: “It’s by no means time to get injured however I suppose with these video games postponed I didn’t miss too many video games.
“We were disappointed with the Munster result but I think we’ve made up for that with a good week of training.”
ULSTER: M Lowry; R Baloucoune, J Hume, S Moore, E McIlroy; B Burns, N Doak; A Warwick, R Herring, M Moore; A O’Connor, Okay Treadwell; Marcus Rea, N Timoney, D Vermeulen. Reps: J Andrew, E O’Sullivan, T O’Toole, S Carter, G Jones, D Shanahan, I Madigan, B Moxham