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Paris attacks: It wouldn't have felt right to play in France says Darren Cave

By Jonathan Bradley

Published 16/11/2015

Ulster's Darren Cave
Ulster's Darren Cave

Ulster's Darren Cave admitted it would not have felt right to take on Oyonnax in the immediate aftermath of the Paris terror attacks.

The province's opening Champions Cup contest was postponed at short notice on Saturday following the tragic events in the French capital that saw at least 132 people lose their lives.

"Obviously we're just happy the decision was taken out of our hands," said the centre.

"It was nothing to do with us, but they made the right decision.

"I heard about one of the incidents on Friday night but with the game the next day we were then away to bed so had no idea of the extent (at the time).

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"From a player's point of view it's obviously frustrating but at the end of the day sometimes there are more important things than 80 minutes of rugby and it wouldn't really have felt right to go ahead. As we said, it wasn't our decision to make but I'm glad that, in my opinion, the people in charge came to the right one."

Ulster's first postponement since February of 2014, the rearranged date will be revealed this week but matters are complicated by the fact that the side are currently in the middle of a 16-week run of consecutive scheduled fixtures.

They will now kick-off their European campaign against Saracens at Kingspan Stadium on Friday night in an eagerly anticipated repeat of the 2013 and 2014 quarter-finals.

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