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Steven Kitshoff: Ulster mull giving Springboks World Cup star debut in Glasgow


Steven Kitshoff celebrates after South Africa's World Cup final win over New Zealand last month
Dan McFarland mentioned on 31 October that South Africa’s World Cup winner Steven Kitshoff was in line to make his Ulster debut in opposition to Glasgow this weekend

Ulster defence coach Jonny Bell says the Irish province are but to resolve whether or not Springboks World Cup winner Steven Kitshoff will make his debut in opposition to Glasgow on Saturday.

Head coach Dan McFarland mentioned three weeks in the past that Kitshoff’s first Ulster sport was more likely to be this weekend.

“Choice hasn’t been determined but,” mentioned Bell on Monday.

The Ulster defence coach was happy to report that the prop had arrived and “has acquired to know all of the boys”.

“Dan will make these calls in the end however it’s definitely nice to have Steven on board,” he added.

“He is excited and looking out ahead to attending to know the boys and getting out on the pitch.

“It is nice. It has been talked about for a very long time and he is in conferences and he is across the place.

“He is only a actually humble, grounded type of man. I am solely simply attending to know him however he is a double World Cup winner and you do not turn into a double World Cup winner with out having a certain quantity of gravitas and character and you’ll see that in the best way he speaks and carries himself.

“The boys are enthusiastic about having him round and choosing his mind.”

Kitshoff’s arrival is an additional increase to an Ulster facet whose 4 wins of their opening 5 video games has them in third place within the United Rugby Championship – two factors behind their opponents on Saturday and Leinster, who head the desk on scoring distinction.

Ulster adopted a slender away opening win over Zebre by beating the Bulls at residence and whereas their younger choice misplaced narrowly in opposition to Connacht in Galway, they bounced again with residence wins over champions Munster and the Lions.

Ulster defence coach Jonny Bell
Jonny Bell believes second-placed Glasgow may give Ulster their hardest examination of the season to date at Scotstoun on Saturday

Nevertheless, Bell, who was beforehand an assault coach at Glasgow, indicated that Saturday’s away contest could possibly be the hardest examination to date this season of Ulster’s credentials.

“We’re fairly happy with the place we’re however you’ll be able to’t relaxation in your laurels as you’re enjoying a workforce now which might be second within the log and are enjoying a really expansive and open sport of rugby,” he mentioned.

“They’re at residence they usually’ve received 21 out of twenty-two video games at Scotstoun so it may be a large problem however a terrific alternative for us and the boys are enthusiastic about it.”

The Ulster defence coach was happy with the best way the facet repelled late assaults within the two current slender residence wins however says they are going to be dealing with a “totally different type of sport from Glasgow”.

“They wish to put a lot of width within the sport to they will problem us significantly in our defensive system.”

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