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Summary

  1. BBC Two NI and BBC Two Wales coverage available

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Line-ups

Ulster v Cardiff Blues

Ulster:  J Payne; C Gilroy, L Marshall, S Olding, C Piutau; P Jackson, R Pienaar; A Warwick, R Best (capt), W Herbst, K Treadwell, A O'Connor, I Henderson, S Reidy, R Wilson.

Replacements:  R Herring, C Black, R Ah You, R Diack, N Timoney, P Marshall, J Stockdale, A Trimble.

Cardiff Blues:  R Williams; A Cuthbert, R Lee-Lo, W Halaholo, B Scully; G Anscombe, L Williams; G Jenkins (capt), M Rees, T Filise, G Earle, J Hoeata, E Jenkins, S Warburton, J Navidi.

Replacements:  K Myhill, C Domachowski, K Assiratti, J Down, N Williams, T Williams, S Shingler, M Morgan.

Referee:  Ian Davies (WRU)

Assistant referees:  Keith Allan (SRU) and Shane Kierans (IRFU)

TMO:  Stefano Roscini (IRFU)

Team news

Ulster v Cardiff Blues

Ireland duo Rory Best and Paddy Jackson return to the Ulster team for Friday's crucial Pro12 game against Cardiff Blues at Kingspan Stadium.

Hooker Best takes over from Rob Herring with Jackson's inclusion at fly-half leading to Stuart Olding switching to centre, as Darren Cave loses out.

The other change from the win over the Dragons sees Roger Wilson drafted into the back row in place of Chris Henry.

Wilson is named at number eight as Sean Reidy switches to openside flanker.

With this year's joint-captains Herring and Andrew Trimble both on the bench, Best will captain the side.

Fourth-placed Ulster are aiming for a seventh straight win in the Pro12.

They face a Cardiff Blues team who make four changes from their European Challenge Cup quarter-final defeat against Gloucester.

Wales international Ellis Jenkins returns at blindside flanker, with Josh Navidi switching to number eight and Nick Williams dropping to the bench.

Full-back Rhun Williams starts for the first time since February, replacing Matthew Morgan, while Willis Halaholo partners Rey Lee-Lo at centre.

The other change sees Matthew Rees starting at hooker in place of Kristian Dacey, who is rested.

The Blues are currently eighth in the Pro12, two points behind Connacht.