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Ronan O’Gara is all smiles after La Rochelle’s defeat of Leinster in last season’s final

Ronan O’Gara is all smiles after La Rochelle’s defeat of Leinster in last season’s final

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Ronan O’Gara is all smiles after La Rochelle’s defeat of Leinster in last season’s final

Ulster could be forgiven for wondering if the ping-pong balls are taking the old idiom “if you want to be the best, you have to beat the best” a little too literally.

For the third season among the last five, the northern province, with their oft-stated goal of consistently competing for Championships, will meet the holders in the Champions Cup after yesterday’s draw in Dublin paired them with La Rochelle.


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