Ulster ring the changes for Champions Cup opener

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Ulster have made seven changes to their side for their Pool 1 Champions Cup opener with Oyonnax.

Internationals Andrew Trimble and Craig Gilroy come in on the wings, while Ruan Pienaar's re-introduction at scrum half sees Luke Marshall move back to midfield alongside Darren Cave.

Captain Rory Best and Ricky Lutton come into the front row, while there's one change in the back row with Nick Williams replacing Stephen Mulholland.

For their part, Oyonnax - who sacked their head coach yesterday - hand a start in midfield to former Ireland under-age international Eamonn Sheridan.

Ulster: Peter Nelson, Andrew Trimble, Darren Cave, Luke Marshall, Craig Gilroy; Paddy Jackson, Ruan Pienaar: Kyle McCall, Rory Best (capt), Ricky Lutton, Dan Tuohy, Franco van der Merwe, Robbie Diack, Chris Henry, Nick Williams.

Replacements: Callum Black, Rob Herring, Wiehahn Herbst, Lewis Stevenson, Sean Reidy, Dave Shanahan, Ian Humphreys, Louis Ludik.