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Iain Henderson. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA

Iain Henderson. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA

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Iain Henderson. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA

Iain Henderson has big boots to fill as he takes over the Ulster captaincy from the now-retired Rory Best, but the Ireland lock does not seem fazed by the prospect.

The 27-year-old has skippered his home province on several occasions, but will now take on the responsibility on a full-time basis for the coming season.

Henderson has been tasked by Dan McFarland to lead what is an exciting new era for Ulster and he admitted that he was ready to follow Best's lead.

"Essentially what I have learned is from Rory over the last number of years and it would be stupid to say it would not have some sort of influence on how I would lead or how I have led," Henderson said.

"He has had a massive influence on so many people and he has obviously been influential for me.

"I have got to where I am doing what I do and I do not want to go and change things, no point fixing something if it is not broken.

"You have top-quality leaders scattered throughout the whole squad; for me just to assume I was going to be captain was stupid and idiotic.

"I was delighted when I got a phone call to come in and chat with Dan. I was incredibly frustrated that I was not able to jump back in with everyone. I was told the day before I was going back to Ireland camp ahead of the World Cup.

"Brilliant, I am going to be captain, and then right out you go and see you in two or three months. That was frustrating. Part of me wanted to get back in there."

Irish Independent