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
Wales Under 18 captain Callum Bradbury is delighted to have seen his side claim a narrow 18-17 victory against a strong SA Schools 'A' side to end the three-match Under 19 International Series in South Africa on a high note.
The Wales U18 squad spent an emotional day in the drug-riddled townnship of Hout Bay. Hout Bay Warriors President Fred Johannes said the visit was 'the talk of the town' and will dream about the day everyday for the rest of his life.
RGC 1404's new head coach Mark Jones is hoping to build 'something special' in north Wales and is already looking forward to the development region participating in the Principality Premiership for the very first time.
A joint venture between the WRU and Admiral saw hundreds of children enjoy the Admiral Festival of Rugby held at the National Centre of Excellence at the weekend where Welsh internationals Sam Warburton, Scott Williams and Rob Evans were in attendance.
Wll Jones leads Wales U18s into battle this afternoon against Italy where the Welsh side will be seeking to bounce back from their narrow defeat to SA Schools in their opening clash of the U19 International Series
All four regions attended a successful training camp staged last weekend at the WRU National Centre of Excellence. It was a chance for new Wales Women's head coach Rowland Phillips to deliver his key messages to players and coaches as he prepares for the new season.
Wales U18 Team Manager Gethin Watts believes the next couple of weeks will be 'extremely beneficial' to the future of Welsh rugby as his side prepare to take part in the Under 19 International Series being staged in South Africa.
The WRU is searching for 12 new rugby development apprentices following a successful first year of its WRU Coach Core programme. Craig Duncan and Jess Hancock have flourished in the first year of the programme which has given them a real direction in their lives.
The WRU signed TV comedian Rhod Gilbert up to a 'Coaching Children Level 1' course before letting him loose on an U8s side at Whitland Junior Borderers - we went behind the scenes to film the making of 'Rhod Gilbert's Work Experience' see the results here.
Llandovery are aiming to make it three titles in a row in this year's Foster's National 7s being held at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on Sunday 28 August. Drovers assistant coach Simon Davies and Lee Rees assess their sides chances
A pioneering strength and conditioning programme has been delivered to more than 8000 boys and girls at hub schools throughout Wales this season, helping to develop stronger, more flexible athletes for rugby and other sports.
The Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series returns to the BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on July 22nd when all four Welsh regions go head to head. Scarlets skills coach Dai Flanagan and Blues Elite Performance Pathway Manager Richard Hodges along with current Welsh squad members were at the launch of this season's event