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
Nearly 40 players were involved in the first Wales Under 18 training session of the season. WRU National Performance Manager Gethin Watts is excited at the potential shown by the group and expects the Regional Under 18 Championship to hone their skills even further.