Ballymena quartet in Ulster line-up

Ballymena's Ian Humphreys and Andrew Warwick are in the Ulster starting line-up for Friday night's Pro12 game against Zebre at Ravenhill. Picture: INPHO.
Ballymena's Ian Humphreys and Andrew Warwick are in the Ulster starting line-up for Friday night's Pro12 game against Zebre at Ravenhill. Picture: INPHO.

There will be a strong Ballymena influence in Ulster’s first home competitive game of the season on Friday night.

Four Ballymena players are included in the starting line-up for the Province’s first Guinness Pro12 team against Zebre at Ravenhill (7.35pm).

Ricky Andrew starts at full-back, while Ian Humphreys and Luke Marshall are also named among the backs.

Andrew Warwick starts alongside skipper Rory Best in the front row.

In total, Ulster have made eight changes from the line-up which drew 32-32 in their opening game at Scarlets.