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Thursday 8 December 2016

Henderson is cleared to play in Glasgow

Ulster's most in-form player Iain Henderson (pictured) has had his red card against Munster last Saturday rescinded, freeing him to play this weekend.

This will come as a shot in the arm for the province as they bid to hand Glasgow a defeat in the last round of the PRO12 League at a sold-out Scotstoun on Saturday.

Henderson appeared in front of an Independent Disciplinary Committee in Cardiff yesterday, made up of three Welshmen - Roger Morris, Rhian Williams and Ray Wilton.

They decided the act of making head-on-head contact with Munster wing Ronan O'Mahony did not warrant a red card because Henderson's initial impact was with his arm.

preparing

at a time when Roger Wilson is struggling to make it back from concussion, and with Nick Williams out, Ulster must have been preparing to travel to Scotland without Henderson.

There was an expectation the back-five forward would be found guilty of a low-end entry point which means a four-week suspension with his clean record, perhaps, making a strong case to halve that to two.

However, the three-man committee overturned the decision of referee Nigel Owens, another Welshman, removing any further possibility of further punishment from the incident.

"Having viewed the incident in close-up (which the match referee had not been able to do at the time), the Disciplinary Committee concluded that the player's initial contact with his opponent had not in fact been with his head," said the statement.

"The Disciplinary Committee imposed no sanction on the player, who is free to resume playing immediately."

Meanwhile, Ulster will wait on the fitness of centre Darren Cave's hamstring and on the powers of recovery of props Wiehahn Herbst and Callum Black.

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