Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

Ulster Rugby captain Johann Muller urges team to 'make history'

Ulster captain Johann Muller, left, will retire at the end of the season
Ulster captain Johann Muller, left, will retire at the end of the season

Johann Muller is running out of time in his bid to be part of a history-making Ulster team.

The popular Ravenhill captain retires at the end of the season and has made no secret of the fact that he wants to go out in a blaze of glory.

A Heineken Cup triumph would go down nicely after some near misses – which is why Muller and his team-mates will be giving their all against Saracens tomorrow evening, in the most eagerly-awaited game at Ravenhill for a long time. Greedy Muller wants his career to end with both Heineken and RaboDirect PRO12 finals but one thing at a time, starting with this crucial quarter-final.

"It is exciting. This is obviously where you want to play – Heineken Cup quarter-final, new stadium, 4,500 more people than we're used to and a great atmosphere against a wonderful side," said the 34-year-old South African.

"We're going to be the first team to play in this new stadium and it's the first time that we've been top after the pool stages of the Heineken Cup, so it doesn't get any bigger or better than this.

"The excitement in this group of players is just brilliant. We're all really looking forward to it."

The captain knows, however, that Sarries will be formidable foes.

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