Ulster flanker Stephen Ferris has been passed fit for their Heineken Cup clash with Leicester and coach Brian McLaughlin admits he needs all his big guns firing on all cylinders against the Tigers.
Ferris has made just one appearance in the RaboDirect PRO12 – 57 minutes against Connacht – since returning from the World Cup and received a bang to the knee in Ulster’s Heineken Cup victory over Clermont Auvergne.
Those victories over Connacht and Clermont halted a run of four successive defeats but Leicester themselves have made a bad start to the season with only one win on home soil thus far.
And McLaughlin believes the responsibility for securing a famous victory at Welford Road lies with the pack.
“Leicester are another fantastic side, but that’s the European Cup,” he said. “That’s why we’re all involved in this game — to play the top teams and Leicester certainly are one of them,” he said.
“They’ve a great pedigree in this competition.
“We’re looking forward to going to Welford Road; they’ve had a difficult enough start to the season.
“The Welford Road crowd is as good to them as Ravenhill is to us and we are expecting a tough and physical game, which will be nip and tuck.
“They have a top quality pack and we have to go there and play with intensity and passion, coming at them with all guns blazing.
“We need to put a big emphasis on our set-pieces as we know they are very much a set-piece side.”