Les Kiss explains Ulster's Oyonnax selection after narrow win

Ulster's director of rugby Les Kiss defends his selection for Sunday's dramatic European Champions Cup victory over Oyonnax.

Kiss left out regular half-backs Ruan Pienaar and Paddy Jackson out of the starting line-up and Ulster trailed 23-0 at half-time before the introduction of the duo helped the Irish province fight back to snatch a dramatic 24-23 run.

"We don't pick a team flippantly," Kiss told BBC Sport Northern Ireland, who added that Sunday's first-half struggles was a "team failure".

"We go through a lot of variables. You are looking at players that you need to have a bit of rugby under their belt.

"With the Six Nations coming up, we need to have the like of Ian Humphreys playing a bit of footie before then and you have got to look at the players across the board and manage that right."

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