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200-cap Rory Best: landmarks don't get bigger than Leinster clash

Rory back but Henderson stays as Ulster captain in future hint

By Jonathan Bradley

As he racks up a double century of Ulster caps at Kingspan Stadium tonight, Rory Best is still stirred by the sight of old rivals Leinster coming north to Belfast (6.30pm kick-off).

The rivals are separated only by points difference in Guinness PRO14 conference B with a win for either set to serve as a big boost ahead of the impending Autumn Internationals.

"You have to be up for it," said the 35-year-old. "We always talk about these interpros and how big they are and there's none bigger than Leinster.

"They are the top province over the last six or seven years now with the way their run has been.

"It's going to be a big challenge for us but it gets you going."

A first start of the season for Best, the man renamed Ulster skipper this season surprisingly doesn't take over the captaincy today, with Iain Henderson keeping the role as Best looks to groom the British and Irish Lion as his eventual successor.

As revealed in yesterday's Belfast Telegraph, Ulster are without their top three scrum-halves for the game.

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