Cardiff Blues have put together back to back wins in the Celtic League for the first time since rounds 14 and 15 last season, but the Blues have not won away from home since they beat Leinster 22-18 at Donnybrook on 5 March.
Ulster have already beaten the Blues at Ravenhill this season - 21-16 a month ago in the European Cup. All three previous encounters have been won by the home team.
Scrum-half Ryan Powell returns to the Blues starting line-up for the first time in seven months for this match.
Meanwhile No 8 Campell Feather is the man chosen to lead Ulster this Friday night when they take on Cardiff.
Ulster Team: 15 Bryn Cunningham; 14 Scott Young; 13 Jonny Bell; 12 Paul Steinmetz; 11 Andrew Maxwell; 10 Adam Larkin; 9 Kieran Campbell; 1 Ronan McCormack; 2 Paul Shields; 3 Rod Moore; 4 Gary Longwell; 5 Rowan Frost; 6 Matt McCullough; 7 Neil Best; 8 Campbell Feather (Captain)
Replacements: 16 Nigel Brady; 17 Bryan Young; 18 Gary Brown; 19 Gavin Pfister; 20 Neil Doak; 21 Seamus Mallon; 22 Andrew Trimble
Cardiff: 15 Matthew Nuthall; 14 Nick Walne, 13 Shaun James, 12 Lee Thomas, 11 Craig Morgan; 10 Nick Macleod, 9 Ryan Powell; 1 John Yapp, 2 Gareth Williams, 3 Ben Evans, 4 Deiniol Jones, 5 Robert Sidoli, 6 Nathan Budgett, 7 Nathan Thomas, 8 Robin Sowden-Taylor
Replacements: Andrew Lewis, Rhys Thomas, Martin Jones, Mark Lewis, James Malpas, Richard Smith, Tristan Davies
Sam Cross and Luke Treharne have been named as co-captains of the Wales Sevens side as head coach Gareth Williams names his 12-man squad to play in the first leg of the HSBC World Series in Dubai next weekend.
Bedwas head coach Steve Law and players Nicky Griffiths and Alun Rees extol the virtues of the close knit club as they prepare to host third place RGC 1404 - who are one place head of them on the Principality Premiership points table - on Saturday.
Many of the Wales squad have said Diolch (thank you) to someone who played an important part in their early playing days by nominating them to be invited to the Wales v South Africa match. One person, Gowerton Comprehensive geography teacher Mr Dean Mason was nominated by two of his former pupils, Dan Biggar and Sam Davies.
The second WRU disability rugby pilot has been delivered, this time in Caerphilly schools, culminating in a festival at the Caerphilly Centre of Sporting Excellence, Ystrad Mynach tomorrow. Plans are in place to set up a Disability Rugby Club in Newbridge to provide long-term playing opportunities.
WRU TV: Hear from inside the Wales camp as Neil Jenkins discusses this weekend's clash with South Africa and how the squad are looking to put in a strong performance to round of the 2016 Under Armour Series