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Danny Cipriani is confident Wasps can handle the ‘hostile’ Ulster atmosphere in their Champions Cup opener

Wasps’ injured fly-half Danny Cipriani spoke exclusively to BTSport.com ahead of the Aviva Premiership side’s European curtain raiser in Ulster – live on BT Sport this Friday.

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Wasps begin their pursuit of a third European crown live on BT Sport this Friday as they face Ulster under the lights at the Kingspan Stadium.

The locals are known to whip up a ferocious atmosphere and Danny Cipriani is confident his team-mates will rise to the challenge.

The fly-half will miss the game through injury but says the Aviva Premiership side will be keen to impose their style on the Irish province despite playing away from home.

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Ahead of the Friday night fixture Cipriani spoke exclusively to BTSport.com about what challenges the Wasps squad will face on their European away trip.

“Playing against Ulster in Ireland will be a hostile crowd, probably more so than you find in the Premiership but we’ve got enough experience of playing in those games and scenarios,” said Cipriani.

“We have enough old heads in our squad to make sure that doesn’t affect the level of performance and it’s just about us imposing us on them.

“It’s important that we give each game the respect it deserves, go there to fight and keep putting our philosophy onto the opposition.

“People talk about the European referees and breakdown laws being different but with the new laws coming in I think there will be consistency.”

Dai Young’s side reached the quarter-finals last season and will be aiming to reach their first final since 2007 in the Bilbao showpiece in May.

Cipriani insists there is confidence in the camp that this can be their year and that the squad have improved since last season’s exit.

“I love playing in Europe and I’ve got some really fond memories of playing in some great away games during my first spell at Wasps,” added the fly-half.

“Last year we had a pretty good run, it was disappointing how it finished, but I’m excited to get back out there and be part of our European journey.

“There are lessons we learnt from last year’s knockout games and as a group we’re going to grow and move forward with that.

“It’s about being confident and remembering what a good group of players we have and really believing in ourselves.”

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