Belfast Telegraph

Rory Best remains Ulster doubt for Champions Cup tie in France


By Jonathan Bradley

Ulster are still sweating over the fitness of skipper Rory Best ahead of Sunday's crucial Champions Cup trip to face La Rochelle in France.

The hooker has not played since the summer British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand after picking up a hamstring injury in training last month, and the trip to the daunting Stade Marcel-Deflandre had been seen as his earliest possible return date.

His presence would be a big boost for the province, and indeed Ireland who are now less than four weeks from taking on South Africa, ahead of Saturday's tussle between the two Pool One sides who got their campaigns off to winning starts over the weekend.

"Rory is working hard and we'll get a bit of feedback on what he does," said Kiss whose side defeated Wasps 19-9 in Friday's Euro opener.

"It's a week by week proposition for Rory at this stage. It would be nice to have someone with Rory's experience in these big moments. Rob Herring has been playing out of his skin in the last two games, though, which is good for us as well."

While Best's fellow Lion Jared Payne remains out, flanker Chris Henry is another player hoping to make his return for the trip to face the French side who picked up a bonus point 34-27 win in their first ever Champions Cup game against Harlequins on Saturday.

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