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Ulster face fight to stay in top Euro tier: McCloskey

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By Jonathan Bradley

Ulster centre Stuart McCloskey has admitted the province are in a fight to secure Champions Cup rugby next season.

The province have never missed out on Europe's top competition but ahead of tonight's game with Scarlets (7.35pm kick-off) have fallen to fourth in their PRO14 conference.

Such a position would net only a play-off for next season's Champions Cup, while Benetton are eight points further back in fifth.

"The first time I thought about it was looking at the table at the weekend," said McCloskey of possibly spending next season in the Challenge Cup. "I saw an article and someone mentioned it.. I was like, 'Flip'.

"I've never played at Ulster and not thought about being in the Champions Cup, but yeah, realistically it's something that could happen."

Ulster have scrum-half John Cooney released from Ireland camp for their trip to Wales.

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