Ulster confirm Iain Henderson as new captain

Iain Henderson has been with Ulster since 2012
Iain Henderson has been with Ulster since 2012

Ulster have confirmed back-row Iain Henderson as the new captain of the Pro14 club ahead of the 2019/20 season.

Henderson made his professional rugby debut with Ulster in 2012 and has racked up 105 appearances for the club since then. He will take over the reins from Rory Best, who finished his career with Ulster at the end of the last season and will quit international rugby at the end of the 2019 World Cup where he will be leading Ireland.

"I'm incredibly proud and excited to be appointed as club captain; I had a good chat with (coach) Dan McFarland and I think we're closely aligned in terms of how we see Ulster moving forward," Henderson said.

"I've got massive boots to fill with Rory outgoing, but it's a challenge I'm really looking forward to."

Henderson has featured for Ireland 44 times since his international debut in 2012 and last featured for them during the Six Nations tournament earlier this year.

"Iain has a deep love for his province, he understands exactly what it means to wear the Ulster jersey and this rubs off on those around him," Ulster head coach Dan McFarland said.

"As a leader, he has demonstrated his ability to command respect through his professionalism and talismanic play.

"Asking Iain to be captain was not a difficult decision and because he is surrounded by a squad of good men, I know that he will flourish."

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