Jonathan Davies keeps Scarlets captaincy as Rob McCusker starts in Ulster
ROB McCusker is free to start for the Scarlets against Ulster tomorrow after his red card against the Ospreys — but Jonathan Davies will keep the captaincy.
McCusker was named the Scarlets' skipper for this season, but the No. 8 will leave the leadership duties to Wales centre Davies in Belfast this weekend.
The burly No. 8 was sent off in the 32-3 Boxing Day mauling at the hands of the Ospreys, but a disciplinary hearing in Dublin yesterday deemed that red card was sufficient punishment.
The Scarlets make nine changes in all, with Gareth Maule replacing Scott Williams in the centre and the likes of Liam Williams, Aaron Shingler and Samson Lee missing out through injury.
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Tomorrow's top-of-the-table clash at Ravenhill will pit the second-placed Scarlets against the RaboDirect Pro12 leaders Ulster, and the West Walians' head coach Simon Easterby is looking for his side to take control of their own destiny.
"Our control is where we can put ourselves in the league," he said.
"We know it's going to be a difficult competition to stay in the top four but we need to get things right in our game this weekend to start with and the boys have been very positive in training this week."
Scarlets: Dan Newton; George North, Gareth Maule, Jonathan Davies (capt), Kristian Phillips; Aled Thomas, Tavis Knoyle; Phil John, Emyr Phillips, Jacobie Adriaanse, Sione Timani, Richard Kelly, Josh Turnbull, Rob McCusker, Johnathan Edwards.
Replacements: Matthew Rees, Rhodri Jones, Deacon Manu, Tomas Vallejos, Craig Price, Gareth Davies, Scott Williams, Adam Warren.