Court makes it 150 against Cardiff

Published Friday, 28 March 2014
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Tom Court is set to make a milestone 150th appearance for Ulster in this weekend's clash with Cardiff Blues in the Pro12.

Court makes it 150 against Cardiff
Tom Court is set for his 150th Ulster appearance. (© Presseye)

Saturday's game at Arms Park will be a special occasion for loosehead prop Court.

The player who has become Ulster's Mr Reliable is preparing to leave the province at the end of the season to join London Irish, but said he had been hoping to reach 150 caps before he goes.

"We got there eventually," Court told UTV. "I've probably been lucky in the past few years that I've played almost all the games so the caps have really racked up quickly.

"But it was a big goal of mine at the start of the season, the 150, especially when you consider some of the Ulster legends who have got to 150."

Despite resting Rory Best and Roger Wilson, Mark Anscombe has named a strong side for the game.

Stephen Ferris is picked at blindside while Michael Heaney will continue at out-half in place of the injured Ruan Pienaar, and Andrew Trimble and Chris Henry will play their first games for Ulster since winning the Six Nations with Ireland.

Chris Henry said: "I has been great, the support throughout the Six Nations and with winning - I've just loved it and it's given me that taste and I want to keep it going.

"I said as soon as the final whistle went in Paris I wanted to use this as a springboard personally for myself and for Ulster and I would just love to keep it going."

Meanwhile the club announced on Friday that Sharks' tighthead prop Wiehahn Herbst will join the province this summer on a three-year deal.

The 25 year-old South African said: "Ulster Rugby is a Province on the up and for me it was just a great opportunity to develop my career and to take it to the next level.

"The team is doing extremely well at the moment and with the stadium being redeveloped there is a great set-up at Ravenhill - it will be exciting to be part of."

A win this weekend could move Ulster into second in Pro12 table with the top two with Munster and Leinster set to face each other in Dublin.

Ulster XV and replacements: J Payne, T Bowe, D Cave, L Marshall, A Trimble, P Jackson, M Heaney; (1-8): T Court, R Herring, J Afoa, J Muller (Captain), D Tuohy, S Ferris, C Henry, N Williams. (16-23): N Annett, A Warwick, R Lutton, I Henderson, R Diack, S Doyle, P Marshall, C Gilroy.

© UTV News
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