Izuchukwu to make first Ulster begin

Cormac Izuchukwu has made 4 senior appearances as a alternative.
Venue: Kingspan Stadium, Belfast Date: Friday, 19 March Kick-off: 20:15 GMT
Protection: Pay attention reside on BBC Radio Ulster MW, BBC Radio Foyle DAB and the BBC Sport web site

Cormac Izuchukwu will make his first senior begin in Ulster’s remaining Pro14 match of the season towards Zebre.

The 21-year-old is called at lock alongside Kieran Treadwell in a youthful facet named by Dan McFarland.

David McCann begins within the again row whereas fellow academy graduates Rob Lyttle, Robert Baloucoune and Ethan McIlroy make up the again three.

Ulster can not catch Convention A leaders Leinster, who’ve already booked their place within the Pro14 remaining.

The match is Kingspan Stadium is Ulster’s remaining of the common Pro14 season earlier than their European Problem Cup match with Harlequins on Easter Sunday. The Rainbow Cup, which options South African sides the Bulls, Lions, Sharks and Stormers, is ready to start from 17 April.

Marty Moore is joined by Eric O’Sullivan and John Andrew within the entrance row whereas Izuchukwu will line out with Treadwell within the second row. Jordi Murphy captains the facet and packs down within the again row with Sean Reidy and highly-rated quantity eight McCann.

John Cooney provides loads of expertise at scrum-half alongside Michael Lowry, who impressed at fly-half in Ulster’s victory over the Dragons on Saturday.

James Hume and Stewart Moore are reunited at centre whereas Baloucoune, Lyttle and McIlroy full the beginning workforce.

Brad Roberts, Calum Reid, Tom O’Toole, Alan O’Connor and Matty Rea provide ahead choices on the bench whereas Dave Shanahan, Ian Madigan and Ben Moxham will present backline cowl.

Ulster: McIlroy, Lyttle; Hume, S Moore; Baloucoune; Lowry, Cooney; M Moore, Andrew, O’Sullivan; Izuchukwu, Treadwell, Reidy, Murphy, McCann.

Replacements: Roberts, Reid, O’Toole, O’Connor, Rea, Shanahan, Madigan, Moxham.

Zebre: Di Giulio, Bruno; Boni, Lucchin; Elliott; Pescetto, Renton; Buonfiglio, Ceciliani, Nocera; Kearney, Nagle; Bianchi, Masselli, Junior Leavasa.

Replacements: Manfredi, Rimpelli, Bello, Krumov, Alaimalo, Casilio, Palazzzani, Rizzi.

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