Rory Best is ready to lead Ulster to new heights
Ulster and Ireland skipper Rory Best has defended the captaincy record of Andrew Trimble and Rob Herring but believes it "felt right" for him to take back the armband.
The 35-year-old was named captain of his home province for a third time last week after Herring and Trimble worked in tandem to fill the role last season.
And while Les Kiss's side missed out on the domestic play-offs and finished bottom of their pool in Europe, Best feels the pair performed well.
"The two boys stepped up and did a really good job, a much better job than they've been getting credit for," he said.
"But it was always in the back of my mind that I would potentially like to step in again.
"It felt right to step in and Trimby and Rob have been unbelievably supportive.
"We discussed the pros and cons and I'm really happy to have their support."