On-loan Ulster Rugby lock Ian Nagle has declared that the Irish province are up for the major challenge that Heineken Champions Cup Pool 4 leaders Racing 92 will pose at the Kingspan Stadium on Saturday. 

Ulster have started the group strongly, with their sole loss coming in Paris to Racing, leaving them five points behind last year’s finalists with two matches to play. 

Nagle, who moved to Ulster from fellow Irish province Leinster Rugby in November, now believes that they can beat Racing and take a huge step towards a first European Cup quarter-final since 2014. 

The 30-year-old forward told Ulster Rugby TV: “I’ve played here a few times, but it’s always been as the opposition and when you hear the crowd, it really brings you on. So, I’d expect the same, if not more, against Racing now and I know the players really feed off that. 

“They have a lot of threats across the park. They are a powerful team and very expansive. They can create tries out of nothing and I think it’s a real challenge for us defensively. It’ll be a good physical challenge as well to try and front up with some of the big players that they have. 

“We are in a great position and it’s just up to us now to take advantage of the place we have put ourselves in to this point.”