ninetyninecall – Interview with Stephen Ferris

17 03 2011

ULSTER
– Heineken Cup quarter-final is on the 10th April against Northampton Saints in Franklin’s Gardens, Do you hope to be back in time, any update on the injury?
“Well I have started back running last Monday, fingers crossed I get a couple of good fitness sessions in over the next few weeks and try and get back onto the pitch, that’s the target for the minute”

– Have you been keeping an eye on Northampton’s recent form? Since January they have only won one Premiership game out of seven – What do you think of this slump in form?
“Yeah, they have, but they are a pretty good team with a lot of internationals to return into their squads, they’ll get a couple of wins before we play them I’m sure of it. It’s gonna be a tough game but we’re definitely up for it, it’s been all the talk around Ulster for the last 6 weeks or so, we’ll go over there and try and put a bit of pressure on them.”

– Ulster this season have been strengthened by the signings of Springboks (Muller, Wannenburg, Pienaar along with Botha) how have they settled into Ulster lifestyle?
“Brilliant, they are really loving it Ruan and Johann Muller are having an awesome time at the minute, really settled in and enjoying their rugby, All playing well and they are a good inspiration for the rest of the lads as well”

IRELAND
– I have to ask your opinion on the line-out incident in the Wales last weekend, the players must have been gutted to have such a poor refereeing decision go against them?
“Every supporter and fan is feeling slightly robbed, small decisions like that in test matches are the difference between winning and losing, and unfortunately we lost. I think if something like this was to happen at a World Cup, it would be a laughing stock. It is something that’s really hard to take for the lads, but I’m sure if we get a win this weekend, it’ll be quickly forgotten about!”

– Next weekend’s game against England, sure to be an intense battle, the lads will not need any extra incentive to get fired up, what has he thought of England’s performance so far in the 6N?
“That’s it, I’ve been asked a few questions tonight, ‘Will the boys be fired up? After last week being defeated, there is nothing to play for?’ – I say there is a lot to be played for, there’s a lot of pride at stake. You don’t want England beating you on your own home patch. England are a good side to play against and an even better side to beat. It’s gonna be a big game for us.

– What do you think about Will Greenwood claiming that England go into this game as Underdogs?
“He’s probably right, from my perspective, it’s gonna be a very tight game but I think that Ireland will come out on top!”

Original article written for therugbyblog.co.uk

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