Poll: Who is Ulster's best openside flanker of the last decade?
It's almost time to complete the pack in our Ulster Rugby team of the Decade.
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Voting will close at 12 noon on Thursday (December 19) so make sure you have your say on all positions before then: Loosehead prop - Hooker - Tighthead prop - Locks - Blindside flanker - Number eight - Scrum-half - Fly-half - Wingers - Inside centre - Outside centre - Full-back
And scroll down to vote for your favourite of these three openside flankers as we put the penultimate piece in our forwards jigsaw:
1. Chris Henry
For a huge swathe of the decade, Chris Henry was the stand-out operator in Ulster's number seven jersey. Having made his debut in 2009 against Harlequins, by the next summer he'd made his international debut for Ireland.
Having almost walked away from the game due to a lack of opportunities, the switch from number eight to openside he became a fixture in the side to the tune of 184 outings in the white jersey before retirement in January of 2018. A true and traditional number seven, Henry did his best work on the ground and was a a nuisance in the best sense of the word.
His return from a mini-stroke suffered on the eve of an Ireland Test against South Africa was an inspirational story making his way back not only to provincial duty but into the national set-up, winning his 24th and final cap at the 2015 World Cup.
2. Sean Reidy
One of the unexpected success stories of Ulster Rugby recruitment in recent years, Sean Reidy's request for a trial at the Irish provinces led to a short-term contract at Kingspan Stadium.
Now into his sixth year with the squad, he has racked up 115 games for his adopted province, the most recent of which saw him score a crucial try against Harlequins in last weekend's win. The nephew of a former All Black prop, the 30-year-old is Irish qualified thanks to a Kerry-born grandfather, and won his first cap against South Africa on the summer tour of 2016.
He'd add another in Japan the next summer and his link play between forwards and backs has been a real key contribution.
3. Jordi Murphy
Having found himself left out of the Leinster team too frequently for his liking, Jordi Murphy agreed to make the switch north in the summer of 2018. Ironically found some of the best form of his career in the months between announcing his departure and winning the double for the RDS-based outfit, and has contributed well since arriving in Belfast.
Still having only played 22 games for Dan McFarland's side, Murphy has been able to nail down the number seven jersey having once been praised for his versatility.
The consistent run has brought some of his best form, with his try-scoring performance against Clermont in the Champions Cup back in November arguably his best for the province. Doesn't have the longevity of others but, should he opt to re-sign, could remain in situ for a few more seasons to come.
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