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Best and Muller return to face Montpellier

Mark Anscombe has picked the fit-again pair for tomorrow night’s Heineken Cup Pool 5 game.

Rory Best had been sidelined with a broken arm.
Rory Best had been sidelined with a broken arm.
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ULSTER HAVE BEEN boosted by news that Rory Best and Johann Muller are fit to return to the team for tomorrow night’s Heineken Cup game with Montpellier (8pm).

The province, who top Pool 5 on 18 points, face the Top 14 outfit at Ravenhill and Mark Anscombe calls back the experienced pair who have both been carrying injuries.

Best is back in the front row alongside John Afoa and Tom Court after suffering a broken arm while playing for Ireland against the All Blacks.

Captain Muller, meanwhile, was absent from last week’s win over Munster due to a calf strain. He lines out alongside Dan Tuohy in the second row.

“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,” said Best.

“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.”

Visitors Montpellier have named a second string team with key men François Trinh-Duc, Jonathan Pélissié and Mamuka Gorgodze all rested.

Ulster team to play Montpellier: J Payne, A Trimble, D Cave, L Marshall, C Gilroy, P Jackson, R Pienaar; T Court, R Best, J Afoa, J Muller, 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.

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