Updated: Thursday, 09 Jan 2014 13:02 | Comments
Rory Best and Johann Muller have been named in the Ulster starting line-up to face Montpellier in the Heineken Cup at Ravenhill on Friday after recovering from injury.
Best has made a remarkably quick recovery from the broken arm he sustained playing for Ireland in the narrow defeat to New Zealand seven weeks ago.
The 31-year-old is selected in the front row alongside John Afoa and Tom Court.
Commenting on his imminent return to action, Best said: “I knew that it was going to be a tight ask to get back for these games, but it is testament to the medical team that we have here, Michael Eames the surgeon and the strength and conditioning coaches at Ulster that I am back.
“I have been fortunate that there have been no set-backs along the way and it has just been a case of trying to push on and thankfully I have come through.”
Muller, who captains the side, missed last week’s game against Munster with a calf strain and returns to the second row where he partners Dan Tuohy.
Nick Williams and Chris Henry start in the back row, with Robbie Diack continuing at blindside.
The same backline that started against Munster is selected to face Montpellier, with Ruan Pienaar at scrum-half, Paddy Jackson at out-half, Luke Marshall and Darren Cave in midfield, and Craig Gilroy, Andrew Trimble and Jared Payne in the back three.
Ulster team to face Montpellier in the Heineken Cup at Ravenhill on Friday, kick-off 8pm: J Payne, A Trimble, D Cave, L Marshall, C Gilroy, P Jackson, R Pienaar, T Court, R Best, J Afoa, J Muller (Captain), D Tuohy, R Diack, C Henry, N Williams.
Replacements: R Herring, C Black, D Fitzpatrick, I Henderson, R Wilson, S Doyle, P Marshall, M Allen.