Thursday 27 April 2017

Henry returns for 'Air' raid

Chris Henry will get his first piece of action this season on Saturday when Ulster face Magners League newcomers Aironi at the Stadio Luigi Zaffanella.

Henry, who was involved in Ireland's tour Down Under in the summer, looks set to start at openside flanker as coach Brian McLaughlin shuffles his pack, with Stephen Ferris and the injured Rory Best rested due to Ireland's training programme.

South African Pedrie Wannenburg, named man of the match in the victory of the Ospreys, is expected to move to No 6, with Robbie Diack at No 8. Loose-head Tom Court is in line to start his first game of the season after two run-outs off the bench, with Nigel Brady taking over from Best at hooker.

With Ian Whitten likely to undergo a fitness test before travelling, Darren Cave will partner Paddy Wallace in midfield; the rest of the backline should be intact from last week.

McLaughlin realises that Ulster are going into unchartered waters in Viadana, but knows what is likely to happen.

"It is their first game at home in the Magners League and it is certain to be physical," said McLaughlin. "It could be world war three, but we will be prepared for that."

Irish Independent

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