Rory Best regains Ulster captaincy from Andrew Trimble and Rob Herring
Ireland captain Rory Best has regained the Ulster captaincy from Andrew Trimble and Rob Herring after the pair co-captained the province last season following Best's appointment as Ireland captain.
Best was stripped of the club captaincy last season after Director of Rugby Les Kiss said that 'it was the perfect time for him [Rory] to assist us in developing a new leadership structure'.
However, after a disappointing season where Ulster finished in fifth place in the PRO12 and bottom of their Champions Cup Pool, Best was reappointed as captain with Kiss calling on the Irish skipper to help create a culture that challenges Ulster to improve on a weekly basis.
"Rory is an exceptional ambassador for Ulster Rugby both on and off the pitch," said Kiss.
"To have achieved what he has in the game is testament to his qualities as a player and a person.
"It's brilliant for us to be in a position to call upon someone with his experience and proven leadership ability.
"He has recent experience of captaining Ireland and the Lions in massive games and that has further enhanced his leadership qualities, meaning he's better equipped than ever before to lead us.
"We have a structure in place that will enable us to call upon strong leaders throughout the season, regardless of injuries and international call-ups.
"Indeed, Chris Henry, who has led the team on many occasions, will captain us on Friday evening against the Cheetahs. I'm looking forward to working with Rory and the other senior players to create a culture that challenges us to improve week by week.”
Commenting on his appointment, Best said:
"It's a huge honour to captain my home Province again. To play for Ulster fills me with immense pride and that feeling is amplified when I lead the team out.
"I'll be in the privileged position of having an experienced group of players supporting me, all of whom have represented Ulster for a number of years and are superb leaders in their own right.
"The standard of rugby in the Guinness PRO14 and the Champions Cup is improving each year and the players are looking forward to the challenges ahead in both competitions.
"We're committed to working hard each week to improve every aspect of our game and hopefully this will increase our chances of success.”