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Robbie Diack hungry for Ulster action at Thomond

By Jonathan Bradley

While some Ireland internationals will sit this weekend out after contributing to November's clean sweep, Robbie Diack cannot wait to get straight back into the action when Ulster face Munster at Thomond Park tonight (7.35pm kick-off).

Diack returns to the squad, taking a place on the bench, after spending the last month in camp with Joe Schmidt and, while Tommy Bowe is given a well earned break, Rory Best is also back for the inter-pro in Limerick.

As Diack points out, he is relatively fresh having played only one game in November and says there was never any thought in his mind of saving himself for next week's European tussle with Scarlets.

"I only played one game in the last three weeks so I'm feeling good, I'm feeling fresh, and I just can't wait to play for Ulster again," said the South African-born backrower.

"I was delighted to be down in camp but I missed the guys and missed the team environment so I'm looking forward to the game against Munster.

"It should be exciting, there's a lot of players from the Ireland squad who will be involved and whenever you go down to Limerick you know it's going to be a tough game.

"We've had a couple of victories there in the last couple of years and we just hope that we're at our best again because that's what we'll need."

Diack's November outing came against Georgia a fortnight ago with the game representing the former Stormer's second cap for his adopted country.

With his debut coming on the tour to Argentina last summer, the experience of playing a home Test was a memorable one for the man who celebrated his 29th birthday in the days before the game.

"Even though it wasn't in the two bigger games, to play the full game against Georgia in the Aviva Stadium, in Dublin, to experience the whole build-up, and even the trip to the stadium, was just amazing.

"To play the whole game and to win it convincingly was very special.

"It was great to be involved with the squad and I was just grateful that I was able to contribute over the series."

While he is yet to get feedback from his national coach, still recovering from having his appendix removed in the wake of the victory of Australia, Diack is sure that will come in the weeks ahead but, for now, his attention has switched to tonight and beating men who were team-mates just a few short weeks ago.

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