Ulster get ready to take on world-famous Barbarians

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By Simon Hunter

Les Kiss' Ulstermen host the Barbarians at Kingspan Stadium on Thursday, in a showpiece fixture which will be the last chance for home fans to see Ruan Pienaar and Roger Wilson in an Ulster jersey.

The Baa-Baas take on Ulster for the first time since 1957, but enjoyed a successful visit to Belfast last November when they beat Fiji 40-7.

The home side missed out on the European Champions Cup and Pro12 playoffs, but beat Leinster in their final competitive match.

That was several weeks ago, and back-row Wilson says the gap could pose a challenge for rhythm and form.

Wilson played 221 times for Ulster and 117 for Northampton Saints.

The veteran Number 8 has been chatting to us about his memories in Belfast, how the game has changed during his career, family life and plans to move to the US!

In Vern Cotter's ranks, for the visitors, are France legend Thierry Dusatoir, as well as New Zealand double World Cup winner Victor Vito.

Also lining out for the iconic side will be Ireland fly-half Ian Madigan.

He spoke to to Q Radio Sport about how much he enjoys playing in Belfast, and how he feels honoured to get the call up to the squad.

Meanwhile, Ulster have signed South African back-row forward Jean Deysel on a two-year deal.

He'll arrive in mid-July.



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