It’s a season of change for Ulster.
Director of Rugby, Les Kiss, has brought in some new coaching staff to turn around the performances of a squad which underperformed last season.
Most notably, the addition of Jono Gibbes as the province’s new head coach should add a steely edge to the Ulster pack, something which was considerably lacking last year.
A number of new players have also joined the club and Ulster have announced today that they will have a new captain for the coming season.
Rory Best will assume the captaincy for 2017/2018, taking over from former joint captains Rob Herring and Andrew Trimble.
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.”
Ulster kick off their PRO14 campaign at home to the Cheetahs this Friday night at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast.
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