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Ulster no longer fear taking on big guns in France, says Gilroy

By Jonathan Bradley

Published 15/10/2016

Ulster's Craig Gilroy
Ulster's Craig Gilroy

Ulster's Craig Gilroy insists Les Kiss' side will travel to France with no fear ahead of their Champions Cup opener with Bordeaux-Begles tomorrow (1pm kick-off). The province once had a dismal away record against teams from the Top14 but have now won on four of their last five trips across the English Channel.

With a winning start in Europe the goal, Gilroy says the side who top the Guinness PRO12 are in a confident mood.

"When I first played over there, we'd never won," said the Irish international wing. "It was a bit of 'is this going to be the first?' every time but now that it's happened, it's a wee bit easier.

"It was a monkey off our backs with beating Castres away a few years ago. Since then we've done it a fair bit and that gives us a lot of confidence but it's not something we'll bank on.

"Bordeaux are a very impressive side and they've won three in a row.

"We need to front up physically more than anything.

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