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Dragons Rugby PRO14 Ulster Rugby

PRO14: Ulster 40 Dragons 17

A blistering five-try first half guided Ulster to a bonus point win against Dragons yesterday afternoon leaving the province three wins from three matches and in second place in conference B behind Leinster. Marcell Coetzee opened the scoring after just four minutes with Sean Reidy, Eric O’Sullivan and a brace from Louis Ludik adding tries […]

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2020-21 Dragons Rugby PRO14 Ulster Rugby

PRO14: Teams up for Ulster v Dragons

Marcell Coetzee, John Cooney, Jordi Murphy and Sean Reidy all start in strong squad named to face the Dragons on Sunday afternoon. KO 15:00. With Herring away on Ireland duty, John Andrew fulfills the role at hooker and Sam Carter captains the side from second row. Ian Madigan partners Cooney at half back with Rob […]

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2020-21 PRO14 Ulster Rugby

PRO14: Ospreys 12 Ulster 24

Ulster win their first away game of the season as they triumph three tries to nil over the Ospreys at the Liberty Stadium. Jacob Stockdale, Marcell Coetzee and John Cooney were on the scoresheet while Cooney contributed a further nine points from the boot. Iain Henderson set the tone of the game by declining a […]

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2020-21 PRO14 Ulster Rugby

PRO14: Teams up for Ospreys v Ulster

Marcus Rea will make his first start for Ulster while his brother, Matthew, is set to make his 50th Ulster appearance as Dan McFarland makes four changes for the trip to Swansea. Alan O’Connor replaces Sam Carter in the second row, Marcus Rea starts ahead of Sean Reidy and in the backline, Ian Madigan and […]

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2020-21 PRO14 Ulster Rugby

PRO14: Ulster 35 Benetton 24

Ulster open their PRO14 campaign with an entertaining bonus point win at home to Benetton Rugby on Friday night. James Hume, Stewart Moore, Michael Lowry, Marcell Coetzee and Adam McBurney were on the scoresheet with John Cooney adding four conversions and Bill Johnston slotting a fifth. The home side came bursting out of the blocks […]

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2020-21 PRO14 Ulster Rugby

PRO14: Teams up for Ulster v Benetton

In the absence of Stuart McCloskey, Luke Marshall and Will Addison, Stewart Moore will make his first start for the senior side in the opening match of the new season against Benetton tonight. Michael Lowry will make his first start at out half for Ulster while there will be debuts for Gareth Milasinovich and the […]

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2020-21 ERCC PRO14 Ulster Rugby

Ulster Rugby: Who Did What 2019-20

It’s been over a year since Ulster began their 2019-2020 season and a 36-8 defeat to Toulouse in the Heineken Champions Cup quarter final ended the campaign, leaving Dan McFarland just two weeks to get the boys prepared for season 2020-21. A PRO14 final and a quarter final appearance in Europe marked a headline improvement […]

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2020-21 PRO14

PRO14: Teams up for Leinster v Ulster

Iain Henderson returns to action earlier than expected as Dan McFarland makes a couple of big selection calls for Ulster’s PRO14 showdown against Leinster at Aviva Stadium. Alby Mathewson gets the nod at scrum half in what McFarland has described as the ‘toughest call of his career’ with PRO14 team of the season, John Cooney […]

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2020-21 PRO14 Ulster

PRO14: Edinburgh 19 Ulster 22

An 80th minute penalty from Ian Madigan sent Ulster through to the Guinness PRO14 final for the first time since 2013. In true Ulster fashion, they made hard work of it against an Edinburgh side who could have been out of sight after they opened up both a 12-0 lead and a 19-7 lead. Inspired […]

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2020-21 PRO14 Ulster

PRO14: Teams up for Edinburgh v Ulster

The teams are out for Ulster’s crunch Guinness PRO14 semi final match against Edinburgh. Ulster are missing Will Addison, Luke Marshall and Iain Henderson to injury but are boosted by the inlcusions of Jacob Stockdale, Alan O’Connor, Stuart McCloskey and Jordi Murphy who were doubts after the Leinster match. Jack McGrath and Marty Moore are […]

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2020-21 Connacht Rugby PRO14 Ulster Rugby

PRO14: Connacht 26 Ulster 21

Ulster’s first game back was not a good one as they fell to a five point defeat at the hands of a well drilled Connacht side, leaving Dan McFarland questioning the mindset of his players. McFarland’s side looked so rusty I’m surprised they didn’t turn to powder when tackled by the Connacht players. I expected […]

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2020-21 Connacht Rugby PRO14 Ulster Rugby

PRO14: Teams up for Connacht v Ulster

Dan McFarland’s first team sheet after lockdown sees Ulster go fully loaded against Andy Friend’s Connacht. Billy Burns captains the side from out half while the only absentees from the pack are Iain Henderson and Sean Reidy. The front row is full strength. Jack McGrath and Marty Moore start at loosehead and tighthead prop respectively […]

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2020-21 PRO14 Ulster Rugby

Ulster are back!

For the first time since February 22nd, we can say that it is game week for Ulster Rugby. The PRO14 resumes on Saturday albeit in a truncated format with derbies to conclude the regular season. Benetton v Zebre get us underway on Friday night with Ulster facing Connacht on Sunday afternoon at 4.30pm. Benetton v […]

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2019-20 Cheetahs PRO14 Ulster Rugby

PRO14: Teams up for Ulster v Cheetahs

Dan McFarland welcomes James Hume and Michael Lowry back to the starting team after injury as Ulster need to bounce back from last weekend’s disappointing defeat against the Ospreys. Tomorrow’s opposition lie six points off Ulster in second and will only have three away fixtures remaining at the conclusion of tomorrow’s game – two of […]

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2019-20 Ospreys Rugby PRO14 Ulster Rugby

PRO14: Ospreys 26 Ulster 24

Ulster slip to a disappointing defeat against Conference A’s bottom side Ospreys in a return to Guinness PRO14 action. The Cheetahs’ heavy defeat against Leinster keeps them at arms length however a bonus point win for Glasgow over Zebre on Friday night sees them move to eight points behind Ulster. Luke Price added the opening […]

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2019-20 PRO14

PRO14: Ulster 38 Munster 17

On a night that had the potential to be a banana skin with a fully loaded* Munster side travelling up to Kingspan Stadium, Ulster dispatched Johann Van Graan’s men with ease to maintain a healthy distance from Glasgow Warriors and Toyota Cheetahs in Conference A of the PRO14. I was slightly worried about this match […]

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2019-20 PRO14

PRO14: Ulster 35 Connacht 3

A clinical performance from Ulster saw Ulster run in five tries against Andy Friend’s Connacht side. Alan O’Connor opened the Ulster account while Billy Burns added a second try midway through the first half. Robert Baloucoune and Rob Herring secured the bonus point after 50 minutes while a late Nick Timoney effort added some gloss […]

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2019-20 PRO14

PRO14: Leinster 54 Ulster 42

A super last 20 minutes sealed a crucial try bonus point for a youthful Ulster side. Greg Jones scored twice along with Craig Gilroy and Jonny Stewart in the second half while the first half tries came from Angus Kernohan and Matt Faddes. [pullquote]Report by Ross Barnett images by Bob Given Photography[/pullquote] In reality though the […]

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2019-20 PRO14

PRO14: Ulster 29 Scarlets 5

Ulster breezed to a five-try victory over the Scarlets this evening which sees them consolidate second spot in Conference A. Matt Faddes grabbed a brace while Matty Rea, Robert Baloucoune and John Cooney added the other scores in what was a very comfortable evening for the Ulstermen. I’m not sure Dan McFarland could have wished […]

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2019-20 PRO14

PRO14: Teams up for Ulster v Scarlets

Dan McFarland has made six changes as Ulster welcome Scarlets to the Kingspan Stadium in the Guinness PRO14 tomorrow night. Louis Ludik is set to make his 100th Ulster appearance at fullback tomorrow night while Dave Shanahan will make his 50th if he comes off the bench. There’s no changes in the front row with […]

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2019-20 PRO14

PRO14: Teams up for Munster v Ulster

The first inter-provincial derby of the season is upon us and Dan McFarland has named a strong panel for the trip down to Thomond Park to take on Munster. Ulster have had rotten lot in Limerick in recent seasons with them shipping a record 64-7 defeat last season. They’ve not travelled away from home and […]

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2019-20 PRO14

PRO14: Ulster 23 Cardiff 14

A 20 minute blitz was enough from Ulster to see off Cardiff Blues at Kingspan Stadium tonight. Luke Marshall and Billy Burns were the try scorers for Dan McFarland’s men but it was far from a vintage performance. Luke Marshall crossed after a Sean Reidy charge down and John Cooney penalty to put Ulster ten […]

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2019-20 PRO14

PRO14: Teams up for Ulster v Cardiff

Ulster are back in action tomorrow night against the Cardiff Blues after a week break and Dan McFarland includes eight internationals in the starting team. Will Addison returns after injury to start at fullback with Matt Faddes moving to the replacement bench. Faddes will likely replace Addison who wont be match fit, in the second […]

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2019-20 PRO14

PRO14: Cheetahs 63 Ulster 26

It’s safe to come out from behind the sofa. The game is over but all is not lost with a Craig Gilroy’s last minute trying sealing an undeserved bonus point and saving a bit of Ulster’s dignity. Sam Carter and James Hume grabbed their first tries for Ulster while Dave Shanahan added the third in […]