Flanker Chris Henry has been given a ringing endorsement to start for Ireland against South Africa next month by Ulster head coach Mark Anscombe.
Henry, 28, has two caps to his name for Ireland – away to Australia in 2010 and in New Zealand over the summer – and with Sean O’Brien injured for the foreseeable future, Anscombe believes his player is the man on form.
Henry has played an instrumental role in guiding Ulster to seven wins from their seven matches this season, including five in the RaboDirect PRO12 which has taken them to the top of the table.
And Anscombe, who was a flanker in his playing days, cited Henry’s last three performances – against Glasgow Warriors, Castres and Connacht – as proof of his form.
“That’s three in a row and I’ll be disappointed if he’s not in the green jersey in a couple of weeks’ time,” Anscombe told the Irish Independent.
“He has shown enough to justify an opportunity to run out against South Africa, there’s no doubt about that.
“I think he has matured and he’s ready. He is in great form at the minute and I believe that if he got that opportunity he really could show that he has got something to offer.”