Rob Herring and Andrew Trimble are set to take over the Ulster captaincy from Ireland skipper Rory Best.

Herring, who deputised for Best on numerous occasions last season, and Trimble - Ulster's most-capped player with 206 caps - will share the captaincy of the Guinness PRO12 side during the 2016-17 campaign.

Best was appointed Ireland captain in January and the Ulster management felt the time was right for a change.

"Rory and I have been in discussions about this since the end of last season and we felt it was the perfect time for him to assist us in developing this new leadership structure," director of rugby Les Kiss told

"His experience of captaining both Ulster and Ireland last season will continue to be invaluable for us as a group.

"In the current landscape it's hard to guarantee that one player will be available of all the time, so the shared captaincy model will give us more flexibility and continuity throughout the season.

"Rob and Andrew are two outstanding individuals who have the respect of everyone within the organisation and I'm delighted they have agreed to take on the captaincy."

Hooker Herring joined Ulster in 2012 and has made 97 appearances for the province, while winger or centre Trimble made his debut back in 2005.

South African-born Herring said: "To be named a club captain of Ulster is an absolute honour and something that I will cherish for the rest of my life."

Trimble added: "To be named as captain of my home province is extremely humbling and this is without doubt one of the proudest moments of my career.

"We are a close-knit group of players and we are lucky to have so many leaders to call upon."