Rory Best up and running for Ulster
Best prepares for huge games ahead as he eyes comeback this week
Ulster rugby icon Rory Best is relishing his return to action - just in time for two of the biggest months of the season.
Ulster have made a winning start to the campaign in his recovery absence following Ireland's South Africa summer tour, but face five huge games in as many weeks starting with Glasgow Warriors away on Friday night and followed by Bordeaux and Exeter in the European Cup.
"We're embarking on a massive campaign and we need to build some momentum with our performances," he said. "You look at the run - Glasgow, Ospreys, Connacht - that's a really, really good run-in to get you battle hardened for Europe. We need to perform."
After the European games, Ulster may not see their international contingent again until the final weeks of 2016 given Ireland's busy November schedule.
A historic meeting with New Zealand in Chicago in particular is a mouth-watering prospect.
"Everyone thinks the All Blacks game in Chicago is miles away but it'll come around in the blink of an eye," he added. "Everyone is mad keen to play in that game, not just because it's the All Blacks, but to go to Chicago and experience something really different."
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