Ulster include Henry in final squad
May 15, 2012
Ulster will hope Chris Henry gives them the necessary yards against Leinster © Getty Images
Ulster have included Chris Henry in their 31-man squad for Saturday's Heineken Cup final with Leinster.
Henry has not played since their lost to Leinster in the RaboDirect PRO12 last month, but as reported yesterday, he looks set to return to fitness at just the right time.
Henry is a key component of Ulster's back-row and is expected to line up against Leinster alongside Stephen Ferris and Pedrie Wannenburg. For Leinster coach Joe Schmidt, stopping Ferris is key if they are to win their second Heineken Cup title in as many years.
"He makes a big impact in big matches - because they're the only ones he plays! They save him, wrap him in cotton wool and he comes back to play massive games," Schmidt said. "He had a fantastic Six Nations and there is a lot of respect from our loose forwards towards him. They have all played with him on occasions and speak very highly of him.
"He's a complete player. He has a good offloading game, he attacks players, but knows when to pass, although more often than not he just makes a hole in defenders. He's also good in the line-out and adds some steel to their mauls."
Forwards: Tom Court, Declan Fitzpatrick, Callum Black, John Afoa, Adam Macklin, Paddy McAllister, Rory Best, Nigel Brady, Johann Muller, Lewis Stevenson, Dan Tuohy, Iain Henderson, Chris Henry, Stephen Ferris, Willie Faloon, Michael McComish, Pedrie Wannenburg
Backs: Ian Porter, Paul Marshall, Ruan Pienaar, Ian Humphreys, Paddy Jackson, Nevin Spence, Ian Whitten, Darren Cave, Paddy Wallace, Luke Marshall, Craig Gilroy, Andrew Trimble, Adam D'Arcy, Stefan Terblanche
Not available due to injury: Jared Payne, Tim Barker, Simon Danielli, Robbie Diack, Neil McComb, Andi Kyriacou
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