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Jacob Stockdale Labels Brian O’Driscoll’s Ulster Criticism As “Ridiculous”

Jacob Stockdale has hit out at criticism from Brian O’Driscoll where the Ireland legend labelled Ulster “a bit of a basket-case”.

O’Driscoll was making comments on the Off The Ball sports programme when speaking about the IRFU’s eagerness for Joey Carbery or Ross Byrne to join Ulster.

The comments have not gone down well up north and Ireland star Jacob Stockdale doesn’t agree with the comments that the 39-year-old has made.

“I think he called us a basket case, which I think is ridiculous,” Stockdale told the Belfast Telegraph.

“I think he (O’Driscoll) could probably count on his hands how many times he has been up at Ulster Rugby in the last five years,”

“So I think the comments are pretty unfair – in terms of within the club and in terms of the players there is absolutely no split.”

Ulster have been on a good streak lately, winning their last three games in a row. They face Munster this weekend at Thomond Park where a bonus-point win would seal an unlikely playoff place if Edinburgh fail to beat the Glasgow Warriors.

“To be honest, everything that has gone on outside of Ulster Rugby and the stuff that you can’t control has almost galvanised us.

“We have pulled out performance on top of performance and we have started actually playing some really good rugby.”

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