Lock Scott Cummings returns from injury as EPCR Challenge Cup contenders Glasgow Warriors host Ulster Rugby in the United Rugby Championship on Friday.

The 26-year-old has been out of action since last October and thus missed the EPCR Challenge Cup pool stage, when Glasgow went unbeaten to set up a Round of 16 clash at home to Dragons RFC on April 1.

Cummings, who has made 20 appearances in EPCR competitions, will be looking to nail down a starting berth ahead of that contest and comes into the team as one of seven changes from a victory at Dragons last time out.

Nathan McBeth and Lucio Sordoni line up either side of Johnny Matthews in a new-look front row, while Jamie Dobie and Tom Jordan form a fresh half-back combination. Ollie Smith slots in at full-back in the other alteration.

Bristol Bears are the other EPCR Challenge Cup outfit in domestic action on Friday, when they host Newcastle Falcons, who failed to progress from the pool stage of this season’s competition, in the Gallagher Premiership.

Prop Jake Woolmore and full-back Noah Heward have been brought in by Bristol, who welcome ASM Clermont Auvergne in the EPCR Challenge Cup Round of 16 on March 31.

Hooker Fred Davies and centre Harry Ascherl have been named on the bench and are poised to make their debuts for the 2020 Challenge Cup winners.