Newport v Ulster
Luke Marshall is set to win his 100th Ulster cap as he starts at centre for the province in their PRO12 trip to face Newport on Friday.
Marshall will form an experienced midfield partnership alongside Darren Cave, with the pair racking up 291 caps for the side between them.
Ireland duo Iain Henderson and Jared Payne return to the XV at blindside and full-back respectively, while Paddy Jackson is on the bench.
Charles Piutau and Craig Gilroy will occupy the wing berths, forming an exciting back three with Payne for the second game in succession.
Meanwhile, Newport captain Lewis Evans is set to make his 200th appearance for the region.
Carl Meyer returns at full-back with Tom Prydie moving to wing. The two are joined by the returning Adam Hughes to make up the back three.
The centre partnership remains unchanged with Sam Beard named alongside Tyler Morgan.
Angus O’Brien remains at fly-half and is joined by Charlie Davies who makes his return to the starting XV.
In the front-row there is one change as hooker Rhys Buckley returns to the starting XV. Prop forwards Sam Hobbs and Brok Harris remain unchanged.
There is a change in the second-row as Nick Crosswell returns to take a place alongside Rynard Landman.
The back-row remains unchanged as Ollie Griffiths and Nic Cudd line up alongside captain Evans.
Form: Newport have lost their last four matches in the Guinness PRO12 since beating Treviso 26-8 at Rodney Parade on 6 January. Newport's only victory over an Irish Province in the last 14 months was 21-16 at home to Connacht in round 8 this season. Ulster have won their last five matches in the Guinness PRO12 since they were beaten by Scarlets in Llanelli in round 13. That reversal to Scarlets ended a five game winning run against Welsh regions in the tournament. Ulster’s only defeat in their last six fixtures against Newport was 22-26 at Rodney Parade in March 2015. Ulster won on their most recent visit to Newport but have not won successive matches at Rodney Parade since 2005/06.
Newport: 15 Carl Meyer, 14 Adam Hughes, 13 Tyler Morgan, 12 Sam Beard, 11 Tom Prydie, 10 Angus O’Brien, 9 Charlie Davies, 8 Lewis Evans (c), 7 Nic Cudd, 6 Ollie Griffiths, 5 Rynard Landman, 4 Nick Crosswell, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Rhys Buckley, 1 Sam Hobbs
Replacements: 16 Darran Harris, 17 Phil Price, 18 Lloyd Fairbrother, 19 Matthew Screech, 20 Harrison Keddie, 21 Sarel Pretorious, 22 Dorian Jones, 23 Adam Warren
Ulster: 15 Jared Payne, 14 Craig Gilroy, 13 Luke Marshall, 12 Darren Cave, 11 Charles Piutau, 10 Stuart Olding, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Sean Reidy, 7 Chris Henry, 6 Iain Henderson, 5 Alan O’Connor, 4 Kieran Treadwell, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Rob Herring (c), 1 Andrew Warwick
Replacements: 16 John Andrew, 17 Callum Black, 18 Rodney Ah You, 19 Robbie Diack, 20 Clive Ross, 21 Paul Marshall, 22 Paddy Jackson, 23 Jacob Stockdale
Date: Friday, March 24
Venue: Rodney Parade
Kick-off: 19:35 GMT
Referee: Mike Adamson (Scotland)
Assistant Referees: Sam Grove-White (Scotland), Dan Jones (Wales)
TMO: Jim Yuille (Scotland)http://www.planetrugby.com/news/preview-pro12-friday/