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Chris Henry: Missing 2012 joy at the Aviva left me devastated

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Flashback: Celebration time for Brian McLaughlin and Johann Muller in 2012

Flashback: Celebration time for Brian McLaughlin and Johann Muller in 2012

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Flashback: Celebration time for Brian McLaughlin and Johann Muller in 2012

Missing out on Ulster's Heineken Cup semi-final win against Edinburgh in 2012 through injury was devastating for reasons beyond the size of the game.

Playing at the Aviva Stadium in a white jersey would have been something special, a stand-out in any of our squad's career no matter how many times you'd played there for Ireland. It really was gutting to be sat in the stands - just as I will be this time - rather than out there playing with the guys in such a special stadium.

That Leinster and Munster players got the opportunity to do so for their provinces every single season was always something that stuck in the craw of Ulster players, especially considering that in those seasons the fact that we were one of the two best sides in Ireland wasn't something up for debate.

The inter-pro clashes in the old Lansdowne Road between the blue and red tribes are always something that capture the imagination but, year on year on year on year, a bit of variety would hardly go amiss.

Saturday's game will be a brilliant occasion and I'd really like to think that if Ulster go down there and put in a performance, as well as providing another reminder of just how much our fans love to travel, it might not be another seven years before we're back playing at headquarters.

Belfast Telegraph