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Henry ready to dig deep in quest for glory

Michael Saddlier

Published 08/04/2011 | 05:00

WITH the week that it is, extra media requests go with the territory, but as Chris Henry and Johann Muller strolled up from scrummaging practice they hardly saw this one coming.

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With a tractor sitting nearby, the pair were asked to lean on the vehicle and pose for pictures. No problem, but as Muller made his escape Henry was then nabbed for some extra shots.

After firstly sitting on the front of the machine, he was then invited to stand on top of it and crouch down as if about to presumably nail some Northampton player, only if, of course, he could avoid injury by sailing off the end of said tractor in pursuit of his victim.

Still, Heineken Cup quarter-finals are rare enough things around these parts that it seems fitting that you might do something that's, well, just a little bit different, and Henry is good-humoured enough to go with the flow.

Absence

Brian McLaughlin has been extolling his 26-year-old back-rower as Ulster's 'Mr Consistency' and last season's skipper has stepped up to the plate as Ulster's back-row continues to deal with Stephen Ferris' lengthening absence.

His natural position is No 8, but Henry has adjusted to the flank where his game has been defined by industriousness.

"Every time I take on the shirt I aim to be consistent and work hard -- just do the dirty work," says Henry, whose extra physicality looks set to see him make the starting line-up for Sunday.

He will more than likely be opposite England international Tom Wood and Henry knows that, with ex-Ulster player Roger Wilson also on duty, the back-row battle will be critical in Milton Keynes.

"Everyone is going to have to bring their 'A' game. They've threats throughout their team and definitely their back-row is a very important factor for them.

"We need to make sure we front up. But we're not afraid to go anywhere. We've gone away from home and got wins so that gives us confidence.

"Over the last couple of weeks it's been hard not to let this game get in the front of your mind. But we can't let the excitement overawe us. We need to stay calm and cool because the bottom line is it's another game of rugby.

"Obviously there's a lot at stake, but this is where we want to be, having a go at these targets."

He certainly sounds primed to aim high.

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