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European Champions Cup Ulster v Saracens: Mark McCall ready for a rock night

By Jonathan Bradley

Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall is ready for another "classic battle" when he brings his side to face old club Ulster at Kingspan Stadium in the Champions Cup tonight (7.45pm).

The Bangor-born former Irish centre, who led his native province to the Celtic League title in 2006, has masterminded two quarter-final victories over tonight's hosts in the past three seasons but is expecting another stern challenge against an Ulster side boosted by the return of star forward Iain Henderson to their starting line-up.

"Ulster are a team that we know very well," said McCall. "They are one of the best in Europe and we've had some classic battles with them in recent years."

With Ulster having lost at home only to three time European champions Toulon since the start of last season, McCall is all too aware how difficult it is to come away from his old stomping ground with a win.

"I know how tough a place the Kingspan Stadium can be when it's rocking on a European night.

"To be facing them is a real challenge for us but one that we're all very excited by."

After comfortably beating Toulouse last weekend, the London-based outfit are currently at the top of Pool 1 with Ulster and Oyonnax having had their game postponed due to the Paris terror attacks.

After hopes to re-arrange the fixture for later this month were dashed, the EPCR have still yet to announce when that game will take place.

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