Ulster Rugby season preview: Nothing easy for McFarland’s men as they seek to build

Silverware remains the aim but competitors have become stronger in new championship

Dan McFarland: ‘The bottom line is that we want to win a trophy but that was the same last year, the same the year before that, the same the year before that.’  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Dan McFarland: ‘The bottom line is that we want to win a trophy but that was the same last year, the same the year before that, the same the year before that.’ Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Prospects

Last season was Ulster’s third under Dan McFarland and at face value it might not be interpreted as continuing the progress made in the first two campaigns under his watch.

Yet in actual fact they won 14 out of 16 matches in Conference A of the Pro14, compared to eight wins in 15 regular season games the season before when qualifying for the semi-finals and reaching the final.

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