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Let's give Ulster ace Darren Cave a final day to remember


Darren Cave
Darren Cave

By Michael Sadlier

Chris Henry wants to see Darren Cave go out on a high when the long-serving Ulster centre retires at the end of this season.

The former Ulster and Ireland flanker reckons that a fitting end to Cave's career would see the player, who turns 32 tomorrow, walk away from his last campaign in the professional game by finally claiming a winners' medal with his province.

"What a way that would be to finish, it would be incredible for him," said Henry of the possibility that Ulster might win the PRO14 title.

Cave, who yesterday announced his retirement at season's end, could yet leave the Kingspan as the province's most capped player.

He is currently on 225 appearances, four behind current record cap holder Andrew Trimble.

With a maximum of potentially six games remaining - three regulation season matches and, if Ulster reach the play-offs, the same number of knockout clashes should they make the PRO14 final - there is a chance for Cave to leave with the new record after 13 seasons with the province.

Noting the 11-times capped Ireland player's huge role in Ulster's agonising European exit to Leinster last weekend, Belfast Telegraph columnist Henry said: "Darren's played a massive part in this season and has been outstanding. He has managed to at least make the decision (to retire) himself and that will bring him some relief.

"He was a huge part of the team when we were really motoring and we wouldn't have got to those knockout situations in previous years without his input.

"I loved playing with him. He was rock solid and I always felt confident when he was playing."

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