Preview: Ulster v Treviso

Date published: October 1 2015

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Veteran wing Andrew Trimble will become the most capped Ulster player of all time when he lines up against Treviso at Ravenhill on Friday. 

The Ulster and Ireland flyer will play his 190th game for his province, passing the record that he currently shares with Paddy Wallace.

Trimble will start on the right wing with Craig Gilroy selected on the left flank. Louis Ludik completes the back three and plays his 28th game for Ulster.

Speaking about hitting his milestone, Trimble said: "Whenever I started my career I wouldn't have dreamed that I would get to 190 appearances for Ulster. 

"Every game has been unbelievable, especially the matches at Kingspan Stadium on a Friday night. 

"Paddy (Wallace) is a guy who I have a massive amount of respect for so overtaking his total means a lot. It's going to be a very special night for me.”

Luke Marshall and Stuart McCloskey continue their partnership in midfield, with Paul Marshall and Peter Nelson paired in the half-backs.

Up front, Andrew Warwick and Wiehahn Herbst are selected either side of captain Rob Herring, who is named at hooker. Ireland international, Dan Tuohy, returns to the starting XV and starts alongside Peter Browne in the second row.

With Nick Williams unavailable for selection due to personal reasons, there is a change in the back row, with Robbie Diack named on the blindside, Sean Reidy coming in at openside and Roger Wilson starting at the base of the scrum.

Ulster head coach, Neil Doak, has gone for a five-three split on the replacements bench.

Meanwhile, Treviso head coach Umberto Casellato has made just one change to his run-on side for this encounter.

Casellato has kept faith with most of the players who started in Treviso's narrow loss to Edinburgh more than a fortnight ago.

The only change sees Matteo Zanusso replacing Alberto De Marchi at loosehead prop. 

Form: Ulster have won only one of their last five Guinness PRO12 fixtures: 28-6 at home to Ospreys on the opening weekend. The Ulstermen are unbeaten at Kingspan Stadium since Toulon visited there in the European Champions Cup in October 2014 – you have to go back to May that year to discover their most recent home defeat in the PRO12 (to Leinster). Treviso have slipped to nine straight defeats in the PRO12 since they lowered the colours of Cardiff Blues in Stadio Monigo in February. The Italians have not been successful outside of Italy since a trip to Scarlets in May 2013. Treviso’s only previous victory over Ulster came in October 2011 in Belfast with a 23-12 scoreline. The only other occasion that they did not lose to the Ulstermen was a 29-all draw at the same venue in March 2013. 

The teams:

Ulster: 15 Louis Ludik, 14 Andrew Trimble, 13 Luke Marshall, 12 Stuart McCloskey, 11 Craig Gilroy, 10 Peter Nelson, 9Paul Marshall, 8 Roger Wilson, 7 Sean Reidy, 6 Robbie Diack, 5 Dan Tuohy, 4 Peter Browne, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Rob Herring (c), 1 Andrew Warwick
Replacements: 16 Paul Jackson, 17 Callum Black, 18 Bronson Ross, 19 Lewis Stevenson, 20 Clive Ross, 21 David Shanahan, 22 Sam Arnold, 23 Rory Scholes

Treviso: 15 Jayden Hayward, 14 Ludovico Nitoglia, 13 Tommaso Iannone, 12 Andrea Pratichetti, 11 Simone Ragusi, 10 Sam Christie, 9 Chris Smylie, 8 Robert Barbieri, 7 Dean Budd, 6 Marco Barbini, 5 Tom Palmer, 4 Duncan Naudè, 3 Rupert Harden, 2 Roberto Santamaria, 1 Matteo Zanusso
Replacements: 16 Luca Bigi, 17 Alberto De Marchi, 18 Simone Ferrari, 19 Jeff Montauriol, 20 Andrea De Marchi, 21 Abraham Steyn, 22 Alberto Lucchese, 23 James Ambrosini

Date: Friday, October 2
Venue: Ravenhill
Kick-off: 18.05 local (17.05 GMT)
Referee: Lloyd Linton (Scotland)
Assistant Referees: Sean Gallagher (Ireland), Brian MacNeice (Ireland)
TMO: Kevin Beggs (Ireland)

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