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Ulster must be prepared to go to war: McFarland


Ulster head coach Dan McFarland
Ulster head coach Dan McFarland
Jonathan Bradley

By Jonathan Bradley

Ulster head coach Dan McFarland knows his side are in for a bruising battle when they travel to Glasgow on Friday for their Guinness PRO14 semi-final (7.35pm kick-off).

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McFarland spent three years in Scotland, two with Glasgow and one with the national side, and knows plenty of the Scotstoun outfit's players well.

"It's being physical," he said of what has become the Warriors' calling card under head coach Dave Rennie. "If you watch any of his teams, that's the same. Every collision is meant to be brutal, every clear-out is an opportunity. I've been lucky enough to be in meetings that Dave has given and watch their training sessions, I understand that approach and it's very effective."

Ulster, who yesterday confirmed the signing of Kiwi back Matt Faddes first reported in the Belfast Telegraph, hope to have both Jacob Stockdale and Louis Ludik back to boost their cause.

"Matt is excited about moving over to Ireland and with his undoubted ability and strong work ethic, I'm sure he'll add a significant amount to our squad," added McFarland of Faddes.

"This year's recruitment process has been very productive and it's encouraging that we are able to continue to attract players of this calibre to Ulster."

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