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Last updated: 12th October 2012  

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Ruan Pienaar returns to the Ulster squad for tonight's Heineken Cup Pool 4 opener with Castres at Ravenhill.

The South Africa scrum-half has been away with the Springboks, playing in the Rugby Champioship.

He starts on the bench as Ulster make one change from the team which beat Connacht in the RaboDirect PRO 12 last Friday.

Back row Iain Henderson will make his home debut for Ulster replacing injured Nick Williams (rib), and he will play at blindside which means Stephen Ferris will switch sides to No 7.

Castres are currently sixth in the Top 14 and arrive in ominous form, having beaten mighty Clermont Auvergne at the weekend.

However, the visitors - for whom Pedrie Wannenburg plays against his former team - have just one tournament victory on the road from their last 17 starts.

Ulster: 15 Jared Payne, 14 Tommy Bowe, 13 Darren Cave, 12 Paddy Wallace, 11 Andrew Trimble, 10 Paddy Jackson, 9 Paul Marshall, 8 Stephen Ferris, 7 Chris Henry, 6 Iain Henderson, 5 Dan Tuohy, 4 Johann Muller (c), 3 John Afoa, 2 Rory Best, 1 Tom Court.
Replacements: 16, Rob Herring, 17 Callum Black, 18 Adam Macklin, 19 Lewis Stevenson, 20 Mike McCornish, 21 Ruan Pienaar, 22 Luke Marshall, 23 Craig Gilroy.

Castres: 15 Romain Teulet, 14 Marcel Garvey, 13 Daniel Kirkpatrick, 12 Seremaia Bai, 11 Marc Andreu, 10 Pierre Bernard, 9 Thierry Lacrampe, 8 Pedrie Wannenburg, 7 Yannick Caballero, 6 Piula Faasalele, 5 Rodrigo Capo Ortega, 4 Matthias Rolland, 3 Michael Coetzee, 2 Mathieu Bonello, 1 Yannick Forestier.
Replacements: 16 Marc-Antoine Rallier, 17 Gregory Marmoiton, 18 Mihaita Lazar, 19 Iosefa Tekori, 20 Rory Kockott, 21 Antonie Claassen, 22 Paul Bonnefond, 23 Thomas Sanchou.

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