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Best delighted to be captain of Ulster again

By Jonathan Bradley

Ireland skipper Rory Best has described being named Ulster captain for a third time as a “huge honour”. The hooker, an influential figure at the province for over a decade and just two outings short of 200 in the side’s colours, handed over to co-captains Andrew Trimble and Rob Herring for last season after two years in the role.

He also led between 2007 and 2011, before Springbok World Cup winner Johann Muller took up the job.

He said: “It’s a huge honour to captain my home province again.

“To play for Ulster fills me with immense pride and that feeling is amplified when I lead the team out. I’ll be in the privileged position of having an experienced group of players supporting me, all of whom have represented Ulster for a number of years and are superb leaders in their own right.

“We’re committed to working hard each week to improve every aspect of our game and hopefully this will increase our chances of success.”

Best), who will miss the start of this season due to his involvement in the Lions’ tour to New Zealand, turned 35 earlier this month and is now into the final 12 months of the two-year extension he signed back in 2015.

Chris Henry will captain the side in their Guinness PRO14 opener against the Cheetahs at Kingspan on Friday night when Ulster should hand debuts to John Cooney, Jean Deysel and Christian Leali’ifano.

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