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We're world class and fear no-one, claims bold Henderson

Ulster star aims to prove it in Glasgow showdown

By Jonathan Bradley

Iain Henderson has claimed that Ulster are a 'world class side' who should fear nobody ahead of tonight's meeting with Glasgow and a visit to a stadium where they have never won a PRO12 encounter.

It is quite a statement from the flanker who will make his first start to the season at a venue where Ulster have lost all five league games they have played since the Warriors moved homes four years ago, including a semi-final there in 2015.

Even so, Henderson insists: "We'll go across there knowing we have a world-class side and players coming back in who haven't played for us yet.

"They will be looking forward to leaving their mark with Ulster this season in Scotstoun.

"We're on a run of three wins, looking to make it four. I don't see any reason why we should be going over there expecting to come out second best."

Their cause will be aided by the return of Irish internationals Rory Best and Jared Payne, who were held back at the start of the campaign thanks to the IRFU's Player Welfare Programme for centrally contracted players.

Payne starts the game at full-back while Best will make his first appearance of the season from the substitute's bench.

Ulster enter the contest second in the PRO12 table with league leaders Ospreys in Dublin to take on Leinster in the RDS tonight.

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