United Rugby Championship: Vermeulen captains Ulster against Zebre. Henderson is poised to return

Vermeulen, a World Cup Winner with South Africa, is Ulster's captain for the first-time
Venue: Kingspan Stadium, Belfast Date: Friday 25 November Kick-off: GMT 19:35
Coverage: Live on BBC Two Northern Ireland, and BBC iPlayer

Duane vermeulen will take over Ulster's captaincy, while Iain Henderson could make his first appearance in the United Rugby Championship game against Zebre.

Springbok Vermeulen wins the World Cup and is named at number eight, with Ireland lock Henderson being named as his replacement.

Because of hand and knee injuries, Henderson, the captain of the province, hasn't played since June.

Ulster returns to URC activity after a break during the autumn internationals.

Henderson is joined at the bench by Michael McDonald (scrum-half), who could make his debut for Canada after he joined in the summer.

Jacob Stockdale, the fit-again wing, is back in club action for his first time since September. He had previously played for the Ireland B side at the beginning of the month.

Jake Flannery, the fly-half, will make his debut alongside Nathan Doak at half-back.

Matty and Marcus Rea are brothers. They start at the blindside and openside flanker. CormacIzuchukwu starts alongside Sam Carter in row 2.

Ulster won five out of six of their six games, losing to Leinster away, while Zebre is at the foot.

Ulster: Stewart Moore; McIlroy, Hume, Marshall, Stockdale; Flannery, Doak; Reid, Stewart, Marty Moore; Izuchukwu, Carter; Matty Rea, Marcus Rea, Vermeulen (capt).

Replacements: Andrew, Warwick, Toomaga-Allen, Henderson, McCann, McDonald, Curtis, Moxham.

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