While there will be no one on the current injury list coming into Ulster’s plans for the return leg of the Pool Five Heineken Cup match against Treviso in Italy on Saturday, there remains some concern with a groin problem for fullback Jared Payne.
Although Payne displayed no difficulties with a groin which had kept him out of the three previous games before last Saturday’s 48-0 win over the Italians at Ravenhill, he revealed yesterday that he played through the pain barrier.
Payne was substituted on the hour mark although with captain, Johann Muller, which seemed to be straight forward given the fact Ulster had secured their bonus point and were coasting against Treviso.
Both players had just returned from injury so getting a hour’s hit-out was crucial going forward.
Payne said on Tuesday: “The groin is still an ongoing issue for me. I hurt it within the first couple of minutes.
“But it is part of life and you just have to grin and bear it and last as long as you can.
“Mark (Anscombe) is telling me to toughen up and get out there, but I was glad he was nice to me last week (the substitution).
Ulster are likely to monitor the situation in training, but at this stage the indications are that Mark Anscombe will field the same team once again.