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Diack concentrating just on slaying the Dragons

Guinness PRO12 Editor

9 Feb 2012

Blues flankers Maama Molitika and Martyn Williams attempt to strip Ulster No.8 Robbie Diack of the ball

Robbie Diack has reassured Ulster fans that the players will ignore off-field matters as they host Newport Gwent Dragons on Friday night.

Ahead of the Dragons trip to Ravenhill in the RaboDirect PRO12, all the talk has been about the future of coach Brian McLaughlin.

But there is much more at stake with Ulster returning to domestic action for the first time since January 6, looking to notch their third successive league win.

These victories have lifted Ulster to sixth and with a top four place just four points away, Diack insists he and the troops will remain fully focused on the task at hand.

“The squad is in high spirits and obviously we are aware of what’s happening and we just have to focus on the next few months and that is our situation and that is Brian’s situation,” Diack told the Belfast News Letter.

“The squad is very excited at the moment, we have the Heineken Cup quarter-final against Munster and all the league games coming up, you do hear about these off field things in the newspapers but we really can’t let that affect us. All that matters is how we play on the pitch.

“The preparation has been good, we have had a couple of weeks off but we have trained really hard in those weeks and concentrated on things that we haven’t done so well in the past.

“It’s been good we’ve done a lot of running and a lot of preparation, everyone is excited and there are a few getting an opportunity including myself with the Ireland guys away.

“I can’t wait to play again and put my name up for selection. It’s been difficult as I have been on the bench a lot and only been involved in a few games and it has been a bit demoralising but I suppose that’s the life of a professional sportsman.

“You get your opportunities but the strength and depth of the loose forwards that Ulster have at the minute is so vast and when guys are playing so well it is difficult to get your chance.

“Now that I have got my chance, it is important for me to take it and use it.”