McCloskey wants to win PRO12

Date published: May 17 2016

Stuart McCloskey, who has recently won the Ulster player of the year award and also made his Test debut for Ireland in this year’s Six Nations, has his sights set on winning the PRO12.

The Ireland centre told the Ulster Rugby website that he would love nothing more than to cap off his ground breaking season by claiming the PRO12.

Ulster face Leinster in the semi-final on Friday and McCloskey said that it would be another close fought encounter after they both recorded home victories, when they played each other, earlier in the season.

"Everyone is very excited. Everyone around the club is on a bit of a high having won the last four games and collected two bonus points to qualify, so hopefully we can push on now and win the play-off,” said McCloskey.

McCloskey added that the team who takes their chances on Friday will reach the final: "It's knockout rugby now, so it generally tends to be a lot cagier than regular season games.

"Both teams are very strong defensively and are also among the top try scorers in the league, so we are well aware that we will need to be very efficient with any opportunities that are presented while trying to ensure we contain Leinster's attacking threat.

"We just need to focus on our preparation so that we are ready for whatever scenarios unfold. It's a great occasion to look forward to, it always is between Leinster and us, so this one should be extra special. 

"I know the Ulster fans will be travelling in force so there will be a great atmosphere at the RDS. Hopefully the team can put in a good performance and keep the season going for another week."