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Foes' success must spur on Ulster: Gibbes

 

By Jonathan Bradley

Ulster head coach Jono Gibbes has told his players to use the hurt of seeing Leinster and Munster in the business end of the Champions Cup as motivation to ensure they qualify for the competition next season.

While two of their near neighbours may yet meet each other in the final next month, Ulster face a real battle just to claim a place in the tournament next season and know the best they can hope for will be a qualification play-off game if they lose to Edinburgh in Murrayfield on Friday night (7.35pm kick-off).

"We have got to be inspired but also we have to use that," he said. "It is great watching rugby like that, but I would much rather be in the stand involved with Ulster than watching it on a couch. I think guys are going to be hurting watching a weekend of quality rugby like that and be inspired to get there."

Ulster have both Sean Reidy and Rory Best back in the 23.

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