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I'm here to make Ulster winners: McFarland

Guinness Pro14 rugby

By Jonathan Bradley

Ulster's new head coach Dan McFarland has stressed he would never have left Scotland without the belief he could turn the province into a winning organisation.

The former Connacht prop was speaking for the first after arriving at Kingspan Stadium to replace the departed Jono Gibbes and his new side begin their PRO14 campaign against Scarlets at home on Saturday (5.15pm kick-off).

"There are some very talented players here and I believe they are the kind of players that are going to play the kind of rugby I want in the long run," he said. "We will not do it right away, it will be something which is fed in gradually, but there are foundations in place. I am very positive about that, and in fact if I did not think that, I would not have taken the job.

"The first thing I remember about coming up here to play was the competitive spirit, that fight for every inch mentality. Nothing was given for free.

"When I look at the players now that's the first thing I'm looking for. Before the detail and everything else we have to lay down that marker and show that kind of spirit."

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