Stephen Ferris in Ulster squad for Heineken Cup showdown with Munster despite serious injury
INJURED Ulster flanker Stephen Ferris has been named in the squad to play Munster in Sunday’s Heineken Cup showdown
Coach Brian McLaughlin will give Ferris every chance to prove his fitness. The Ireland international is not expected to recover from an ankle injury in time, but Ulster refuse to throw in the towel.
Ferris is in the 34-man extended panel announced today, despite suffering muscle and ligament damage against Aironi last week.
The blindside flanker was one of the bright spots in Ireland’s otherwise disappointing Six Nations season.
One of three Irish players in the running for the European player of the year, he will be a huge loss in this season-defining clash in Thomond Park.
He was replaced by Willie Faloon in last week’s RaboDirect clahs, with Chris Henry switching to the blindside.
Conor Murray, Paul O’Connell, Donnacha Ryan and David Wallace have all returned to the Munster squad for the match.
Keith Earls has also been included Tony McGahan’s squad.
Munster: Johne Murphy, Ian Keatley, Tomas O’Leary, Felix Jones, Denis Hurley, Keith Earls, Lifeimi Mafi, Simon Zebo, Ronan O’Gara, Conor Murray, Danny Barnes, Duncan Williams, Scott Deasy, David Wallace, Donnacha O’Callaghan, Stephen Archer, Marcus Horan, Damien Varley, James Coughlan, Tommy O’Donnell, Peter O’Mahony, Paul O’Connell, Donnacha Ryan, BJ Botha, Mike Sherry, Wian Du Preez, Mick O’Driscoll, Billy Holland, John Ryan, Denis Fogarty.
Ulster: Callum Black, Tom Court, Adam Macklin, Declan Fitzpatrick, John Afoa, Paddy McAllister, Rory Best, Nigel Brady, Andi Kyricaou, Lewis Stevenson, Dan Tuohy, Johann Muller (captain), Neil McComb, Stephen Ferris, Mike McComish, Willie Faloon, Pedrie Wannenburg, Chris Henry, Robbie Diack; Paul Marshall, Ruan Pienaar, Ian Porter, Ian Humphreys, Paddy Jackson, Luke Marshall, Paddy Wallace, Ian Whitten, Nevin Spence, Darren Cave, Stefan Terblanche, Conor Gaston, Craig Gilroy, Andrew Trimble, Adam D’Arcy