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Ulster are incomparable to four years ago – Wilson

Guinness PRO12 Editor

14 May 2012

Nevin Spence was clearly dejected come the final whistle

Ulster summer signing Roger Wilson maintains he will return to a far stronger outfit at Ravenhill after his four-year spell in England with Northampton Saints.

Wilson will watch Ulster do battle with Leinster in the Heineken Cup in an all RaboDirect PRO12 affair at Twickenham this Saturday as they bid for their second European crown after triumphing in 1999.

Wilson, 30, was at Ulster for five years before joining current side Northampton Saints and ahead of his return this summer he admits that the culture has completely changed in the time he’s been away.

“It’s incomparable now to what we had then, the set-up that’s been put in place now by David Humphreys and others is great,” Wilson told the Belfast Telegraph.

“For me I’m at my best when I’m enjoying my rugby, and I’m enjoying my rugby when I’m winning.

“I genuinely believe Ulster can go all the way in Europe which is exciting for me.

“I am here principally for rugby and Ulster are now one of the strongest teams in Europe, so it made sense for me.

“Life in Northampton has been really kind to me.

“I’ve made a lot of friends over here, and I know I’ve improved as a rugby player.

“The club have been brilliant with me leaving, it’s all been very amicable, they’ve given me their full backing and have thanked me for my efforts. I just thought the time was right to go back home.”