Hooker Rob Herring is loving life with Ulster

Ulster hooker Rob Herring during training
Ulster hooker Rob Herring during training

Rob Herring will make his 80th appearance for Ulster against Edinburgh on Friday night and with a freshly signed new two year contact the hooker is hoping he can get more game time in the white shirt even though captain Rory Best had also extended his deal until the summer of 2018.

“I’m delighted to be staying, it is a great club, great coaching staff, great set up and great facilities and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else,” said Herring ahead of the Guinness PRO12 game tomorrow.

Herring was not sure if he had signed first or Best, even though they have the same agent, but that was irrelevant to his forward thinking.

“Hopefully it will be great competition over the next two years,” said Herring.

“Rory is the best hooker in Ireland at the moment and I don’t think anyone would be surprised if he is the next Irish captain.

“I’m ambitious ad I want to be starting for Ulster and kicking on for Ireland as well”

Ulster have taken a maximum 15 at Kingspan Stadium in the PRO12 this season and Herring is hoping that run continues against Edinburgh.

“It has been a pretty tough month for us. The Saracens game didn’t go how we wanted to losing at home with four tries and we were bitterly disappointed.

“I think against Leinster we improved, our defence is going in the right direction and we maybe missed a few opportunities against them which would have made it a different score line.

“It’s a pretty big game for us this week especially in front of our home crowd.

“We are in mid-table at the moment and although we are only four points of qualification we’re still mid-table and we don’t want to be a mid-table side.

“I don’t think anyone in the team believes that so we really want to kick on from this game.”

Herring added: “I was disappointed to only get five minutes in Leinster but on a personal point of view I’m hoping to get a few good minutes and hopefully stick up my hand every time I played.”

Ulster have lost four out of their nine competitive games this season.

“Besides the Saracens game they have all been pretty close, we are scoring a lot of tries and we are second in the PRO12 attack with 23 and our defence hasn’t been too bad either.

“I can’t really put a finger on it I think there has been a few times we haven’t taken out chances I guess it just boils down to that.

“The guys at the top of the table they’ve had that momentum winning away from home and at home and you can see by the way they are playing they are confident so hopefully we can we a few now and gain momentum.”

Ulster have won all three home games with bonus points.

“Our away from hasn’t been great but we have picked up a few points at Munster and Leinster.

“But obviously we want to be winning those games, it adds little more push pressure but we shouldn’t be losing anything at home and I think that is what pushes the guys that bit more and that bit of edge that it brings with it.”

Edinburgh won 16-10 when the sides met in the Scottish capital back in October.

“They have beat us in pre season and in the season, we know Edinburgh are a tough side to break down.

“They are well coached, they have a game plan are they stick to it, they have pretty big forwards that run at you hard and just looking to get gain line from there.”

Herring added: “It is going to be a tough game right across the park in every area.”

“I think if you look at their starting front row now it is totally different just not the players but the way they scrum, they try just to give you one big push and drive you over and that is something that we have to combat this week, they have quite a heavy front row and a back five that wants to scrum as well.”

“I think a few of the penalties we have gave away we look back and question what the ref has saw there but the scrum probably hasn’t been up to the standard it was last year so we are always working on that.”