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Critics who doubt Ulster passion are so wrong, blasts McCloskey

 

By Jonathan Bradley

Ulster centre Stuart McCloskey has hit back at critics who have questioned the team's appetite for battle in recent weeks.

While the province have lost just four of 16 games this season, winning performances have often failed to convince and the boo boys were heard when Ulster trailed Munster 17-0 on Monday in a game they would ultimately win 24-17 thanks to a stirring second-half comeback. Ahead of this evening's tough trip to Leinster, McCloskey dismissed any doubts over the team's character.

"I think the majority of the fans are brilliant," said McCloskey.

"But you get the odd guy who maybe doesn't quite know what they're talking about. People saying there's no heart, no passion, and that players aren't doing it for the badge, that's completely inaccurate.

"There's no lack of heart and passion in this team, maybe our skill level hasn't been there, but when we put it together you can see how good we can be."

The trip to the RDS will bring a first start for scrum-half Jonny Stewart, while Rory Best, Iain Henderson and Jacob Stockdale all return to the starting side.

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