Ulster v Racing 92 LIVE team news, TV information, start time and LIVE updates from the Champions Cup clash. Alan O’Connor says Ulster will come out all guns blazing at the Kingspan to keep their European dream alive after their RDS drubbing.
European Rugby Champions Cup
Venue: Kingspan Stadium, Belfast Date: Saturday, 12 January Kick-off: 15:15 GMT
Robert Baloucoune will make his first European appearance for Ulster in their crucial Champions Cup tie with Racing 92 on Saturday.
The 21-year-old wing replaces Henry Speight, who has returned to Australia, in one of two changes from Ulster’s last European outing against Scarlets.
Alan O’Connor will partner Kieran Treadwell at lock in the absence of the injured Iain Henderson.
Ulster sit second in Pool Four, five points behind the French side.
Only O’Connor and flanker Sean Reidy retain their places from the team that suffered a 40-7 defeat by Leinster at the RDS last week.
Ulster: Ludik; Baloucoune, Addison, McCloskey, Stockdale; Burns, Cooney; O’Sullivan, Best (capt), Moore, O’Connor, Treadwell; Reidy, Murphy, Coetzee.
Replacements:Herring, Warwick, Kane, Nagle, Timoney, Shanahan, Lowry, Cave.
Racing 92: Dulin; Zebo, Vakatawa, Chavancy, Imhoff; Russell, Machenaud; Gogichashvili, Szarzewski (capt), Tameifuna, Le Roux, Nakarawa; Lauret, Chouzenoux, Claassen.
Replacements: Baubigny, Kakovin, Colombe-Reazel, Palu, Sanconnie, Iribaren, Klemenczak, Volavola.
Referee: Matthew Carley (RFU)