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Olding can make a point

Ulster v Dragons, Kingspan Spadium, Tonight (KO 7.35) BBC2

Ulster have every reason in the world to feel they owe their loyal followers a decent show.

Ireland prospect Stuart Olding will play at full-back in what seems to be a selection that goes against the grain of where Joe Schmidt sees him.

Anyway, there are enough heavy-hitters on board to make The Dragons wince at the thought of coming to Belfast.

Fly-half Paddy Jackson has to start taking command of those inside and outside him. He doesn't stand alone.

The foreign forwards Franco van der Merwe and Wiehahn Herbst need to stamp their authority at the set-piece.

Sean Reidy makes his debut.

ULSTER: S Olding; L Ludik, D Cave, S McCloskey P Nelson; P Jackson, P Marshall; C Black, R Herring, W Herbst, L Stevenson, F van der Merwe, C Ross, S Reidy, R Wilson (capt).

DRAGONS: J Tovey; M Pewtner, R Williams, A Smith, A Brew; A O'Brien, R Rees; B Stankovich, TR Thomas, D Way, J Thomas, R Landman (capt), L Evans, J Benjamin, A Powell.

Verdict: Ulster.