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How Ulster and the other Irish provinces rate ahead of this season's Champions Cup kick-off

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Ulster have been in fine form in the PRO14.

Ulster have been in fine form in the PRO14.

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Ulster have been in fine form in the PRO14.

The Irish provinces are about to find out just how much their respective positive starts to the Guinness PRO14 season will help them make what is a massive step up in quality as a new Heineken Champions Cup campaign beckons.

There has barely been time to draw breath after the end of the international season, but Europe is upon us again as the road to Marseille begins.

All four Irish teams arrive at the starting line full of confidence having dominated the PRO14, but across the board there is an acceptance that it would be naive to read too much into the sweeping number of victories which has seen Leinster, Munster and Ulster racking up 100 per cent winning records.


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