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
Rob Howley and Josh Lewsey addressed more than 250 community club coaches and referees at the first WRU National Community Conference on the weekend. The volunteers benefitted from coaching masterclasses and workshops in a bid to connect all levels of the rugby pathway in Wales.
UEFA has today confirmed the Football Association of Wales (FAW) has been successful in its bid for the Millennium Stadium to host the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final on Saturday 3rd June, 2017 (kick-off: 19.45hrs GMT).
The winners of a filmmaking competition organised by the education charity Into Film and the WRU enjoyed a behind the scenes tour of the Millennium Stadium - and a chance to be photographed with the WRU's fire-breathing, rugby loving mascot, Scorch The Dragon, and Welsh international, Jake Ball.
The Wales Under 20 camp are in a quietly confident mood as they face Ireland in the U20 Championship, with Coaching Co-Ordinator Allan Lewis and full back Dafydd Howells targeting a top five finish in the tournament.