Summer signings Jack McGrath, Sam Carter and Matt Faddes will all earn their first Ulster caps in Friday’s Guinness PRO14 opener versus Ospreys at Kingspan Stadium.
Head coach Dan McFarland has named McGrath in the front row alongside captain Rob Herring and Tom O’Toole, with Carter partnering Kieran Treadwell in the second row.
Matthew Rea, Jordi Murphy and Sean Reidy are selected as the loose forwards.
Last season’s pivotal half-back partnership of John Cooney and Billy Burns continues, with James Hume and Luke Marshall paired in the Ulster midfield.
Following impressive showings in pre-season, Craig Gilroy will make his first competitive outing in over 11 months, and he joins Rob Lyttle and Faddes in the back three with Will Addison ruled out with a hamstring injury.
John Andrew, Eric O’Sullivan, Ross Kane, Alan O’Connor and Greg Jones will provide the forward options from the bench, with David Shanahan, Michael Lowry and Louis Ludik covering the backline.
Kick-off in the Kingspan Stadium on Friday is 7.35pm.
Ulster team v Ospreys: Matt Faddes; Craig Gilroy, Luke Marshall, James Hume, Rob Lyttle; Billy Burns, John Cooney; Jack McGrath, Rob Herring (Capt), Tom O’Toole, Kieran Treadwell, Sam Carter, Matthew Rea, Jordi Murphy, Sean Reidy.
Replacements: John Andrew, Eric O’Sullivan, Ross Kane, Alan O’Connor, Greg Jones, David Shanahan, Michael Lowry, Louis Ludik.