Ireland wing Tommy Bowe started at centre in Ulster’s win over Harlequins on Sunday

European Champions Cup Pool 1: Ulster v HarlequinsVenue: Kingspan Stadium, Belfast Date: Friday, 15 December Kick-off: 19:45 GMTCoverage: Commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and BBC Radio Ulster MW

Tommy Bowe has been ruled out of Ulster’s European Champions Cup game against Harlequins on Friday because of a hamstring injury.

Ireland wing Bowe started at centre in over the Premiership club which reignited the Irish province’s European hopes.

Rory Best and Luke Marshall both remain out for Les Kiss’ side.

Ireland captain Best has a foot infection with centre Marshall still missing because of an Achilles injury.

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Centre because of the headaches which ended his British & Irish Lions tour in the summer.

Payne, 32, has not played since the tour because of the injury which Ulster say is “not concussion-related” but involves the player suffering headaches following training sessions.

Back row Jean Deysel will not be considered for this weekend’s game as he nears a comeback after injury but could feature in the Pro14 game against Connacht on 23 December.


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