PRO12 RUGBY: Ulster’s Roger Wilson ready for Connacht encounter

Roger Wilson
Roger Wilson

Roger Wilson may have turned 35 years of age a

couple of weeks ago but Ulster’s most capped player shows no signs of slowing down.

The back-row forward has played 211 for his province plus 117 games for the Northampton Saints in a four year stint across the Irish Ssea but he still wants to play in every minute of every game for Ulster.

“I feel good but I’m not given myself a time frame of minutes per game.

“ Les just tells me to go out there and empty the tank. I’ve always felt I could continue on whenever I’ve been taken off but whoever has been brought on has been doing a fantastic job.

“I’d go all night if he wanted me to,” said Wilson.

“My body is feeling well, we are well looked after during the week in terms of training and the work with the physios we do, we’re managed well.

“It makes a difference, winning, it’s an enjoyable culture to be in.

“Obviously, we train hard but we enjoy each other’s company off the field.”

Wilson has dismissed getting a personal physio like Manchester United’s 35 year old talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

“It doesn’t sound like they come too cheap,” joked Wilson,

“I’ve had to just do a bit extra yoga. Flexibility wouldn’t be one of my strong points so every little helps.”

Ulster are the only team to start the Pro12 with five consecutive victories and Wilson believes that a top two finish is imperative this season to end the province’s 10 year trophy drought.

“We highlighted at the end of last season that you want that home semi-final.

“The stats over the years show that it’s been crucial. I don’t think a team has won away from home for some reason.

“We didn’t go quite as well last year with the World Cup boys away but this year there’s been a huge emphasis on it, six out of six, going into Europe, that’s what we want without doubt.

“It just gives a real platform going into the games after the wins. We’re pleased but we want to keep building, we weren’t at our best last week so we’ve to improve on that. Obviously the Ospreys threw a lot at us but from our own point of view we need to lift it.”

Ulster put their unbeaten record on the line as they travel to defending champions Connacht.

“They’re going to come into form at some stage. They didn’t have the number of pre-season games they would have liked to and maybe that’s the reason for it but they found their way last weekend.

"They’ll be looking for momentum too.

“They’ve had a poor record against us over the years and that’s something they’ll be looking to put right. They’ll be gunning for us. They’ve had big wins against Leinster and Munster in recent years but they’ve struggled against us.

“They’ll be coming for us, no doubt, going into Europe, they’ll want a big win in front of home crowd,but we want to keep our momentum going,” said Wilson.