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Stockdale vows to keep pushing for place

By Jonathan Bradley

His score against Zebre last time out moved him level with Tommy Seymour at the top of the PRO12's try charts, but Jacob Stockdale remains happy to play whatever role he is handed by Les Kiss.

The 20-year-old is back on the bench for tonight's visit to Rodney Parade to face Newport-Gwent Dragons (7.35pm kick-off) after a raft of Irish internationals were restored to the side.

Stockdale can play wing, centre or full-back but, with Craig Gilroy, Darren Cave, Luke Marshall, Jared Payne and Charles Piutau all to fit into the backline, he will wear the 23 jersey once again.

The Academy product's mantra remains, whatever helps the team.

"On a personal level I just want to keep going the way I've been going, play as many games as I can," he said.

"But as a team we're looking to win the PRO12, there's no point in aiming for anything less than that.

"If that means I don't get on the pitch, but have to play a role in getting the other boys ready, that's something I'm more than happy to do."

And on what will be his first visit to a ground where the province have traditionally struggled, Stockdale expects Dragons to pose a serious threat to any silverware ambitions Ulster still hold.

"Dragons are a very physical team," he added. "They have a few boys who can get over the ball really well and disrupt your breakdown. That has to be a massive focus for us, making sure the breakdown is immaculate."

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