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Ulster will thrive on safari: Dan McFarland


By Jonathan Bradley ·

Ulster head coach Dan McFarland

Ulster head coach Dan McFarland believes his side are tough enough to deal with the little adversity coming their way.

The province have won both their opening Guinness PRO14 games to start the season but head to South Africa today needing to negotiate a tough travel schedule and two games in the space of just five days.

And ahead of meeting Southern Kings on Sunday, they were dealt a further blow yesterday with the news that new flanker Jordi Murphy will not be fit for the game after injuring ankle ligaments in his debut against Edinburgh.

Also not among the 30 players available to McFarland on Sunday will be Rory Best, Jacob Stockdale and Marty Moore.

"I'm comfortable with the fact we're taking a squad that can cope with that," said McFarland.

"I think the difficulty comes when you leave yourselves a little thin over there.

"So I'm hoping we'll have that covered but you can never say never, obviously there's a limit on what you can do feasibly.

"It certainly makes it difficult. In terms of the planning side of things, we'll go with a team that we feel can beat the Kings and we'll take a look at it going into the Cheetahs game depending on how the guys rock up the following week."

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Ulster head coach Dan McFarland