Saturday 16 December 2017

Muller keen to get hands dirty

Springbok Johann Muller returns to lead Ulster against the Scarlets in Llanelli on Saturday.

Muller, along with five other players who saw World Cup action, is hoping to help arrest Ulster's slump to eighth place in the Pro12 table following three successive defeats.

Ireland's Paddy Wallace will come back into the midfield with Nevin Spence his partner, while Andrew Trimble will return to the right wing, with coach Brian McLaughlin likely to use Scotland's Simon Danielli at full-back in the season-long absence of New Zealander Jared Payne.

Muller will pack down alongside Dan Tuohy at lock and the big South African is looking forward to getting some game time after just a brief run-out in New Zealand.

"I can't wait to get down and dirty," said Muller. "I'm really fresh and excited about this game. Hopefully we can get Ulster back to winning ways again."

Meanwhile, Ulster, through director of rugby David Humphreys, are looking to bring big-money All Black signing John Afoa to Ravenhill before the end of November.

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Irish Independent

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