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Jordi Murphy says Challenge Cup can be 'huge' for Ulster after 'difficult' refereeing controversy in PRO14 loss to Leinster


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Dropping down: Jordi Murphy wants Ulster to embrace their opportunity in the second-tier Challenge Cup

Dropping down: Jordi Murphy wants Ulster to embrace their opportunity in the second-tier Challenge Cup

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Dropping down: Jordi Murphy wants Ulster to embrace their opportunity in the second-tier Challenge Cup

Jordi Murphy says the Challenge Cup will be "huge" for Ulster after their Guinness PRO14 title hopes were ended by Leinster on Saturday night.

With the northern province having never having competed in European rugby's second-tier competition before, they'll be in the hat for today's last-16 draw having dropped down from the Heineken Champions Cup in this season's altered format.

After what was already an abridged campaign saw the final two rounds of pool action scrapped, EPCR decided to press straight to the knock-outs in both European trophies, with Ulster among the eight teams knocked down from the top table as a result.


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