Ulster Rugby and Edinburgh Rugby have been handed major boosts ahead of the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-finals, with Ireland lock Iain Henderson and Scotland back-row forward Marcus Bradbury both returning from injury in the Guinness PRO14 on Friday night.
Henderson – who has played in five Heineken Champions Cup matches this season – has been out of action for the last month due to injury, but will line up in the second row against Ospreys alongside captain Alan O’Connor.
The 26-year-old – who has won 42 caps for Ireland – scored two tries in Ulster’s Round 4 victory over Scarlets and was named Heineken Man of the Match in the Irish province’s crucial 14-13 win over Leicester Tigers at Welford Road.
That result meant Ulster qualified for the quarter-finals, where they will travel to face defending champions Leinster Rugby on March 30 at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, live on BT Sport and beIN SPORTS.
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Bradbury has not played in the Heineken Champions Cup since October, having suffered an injury in Edinburgh’s 40-14 victory over RC Toulon in Round 2, but he is back to take on Dragons.
The 23-year-old will start alongside fellow flanker Luke Crosbie and No.8 Viliame Mata, who has been nominated for the 2019 EPCR European Player of the Year award after the Scottish side topped Pool 5.
Edinburgh will host Pool 2 winners Munster Rugby in the quarter-finals at BT Murrayfield on March 30, live on Channel 4, Virgin Media and BT Sport.