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2019-20 Ulster Academy

Friendly. Ulster A 12 Leinster A 61

[pullquote]Report and pictures by Bob Given Photography[/pullquote] It was cold at Belmont on Friday evening, when Ulster A entertained Leinster A in a challenge match, but nowhere near as cold as the ruthless team sent up from Dublin 4! Leinster dominated the tight and loose aspects of play scoring 9 tries almost at will and […]

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Ulster A: Celtic Cup Wrap – Who Did What.

Ulster A completed their Celtic Cup campaign on Sunday afternoon with a 31 – 10 loss to the “Invincible” Leinster A side at Energia Park, Donnybrook in the Celtic Cup Final. It was some campaign from the Leinster side, who recorded a bonus point win in every match, and their complete dominance of this tournament […]

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Ulster A: Celtic Cup Round 7 Wrap.

Despite losing to Munster A at Shawsbridge on Friday evening, Ulster A ended up stumbling into the Celtic Cup final by virtue of Leinster A beating Connacht Eagles earlier on Friday afternoon. The final, against Leinster A,  will  be held at Energia Park (Donnybrook) on Sunday 13th October with a 15:00 kick off. It was […]

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Ulster A: Munster delight in win at Shawsbridge.

Ulster slumped to their second defeat in the Celtic Cup with Munster working them over at Shawsbridge on Friday evening, with something to spare, the 12 – 31 scoreline flattering Ulster who never really hit their straps. This game was a far cry from the vibrant and exciting Ulster performances we saw in the opening […]

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Ulster A: Celtic Cup Round 6 Wrap

Ulster A made it five wins from six matches with a hard fought win against Ospreys Development on Friday evening at Malone RFC in the sixth round of the Celtic Cup.  You can view the match report and a stack of photos here Ulster A v Ospreys Development.  It was far from the high scoring […]

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Ulster A: Ulster 19 Ospreys 3

Ulster A recorded their fifth Celtic Cup win with a comfortable, yet not flamboyant win against a weak Ospreys side. The home side made a tentative start as handling errors were aplenty due to the greasy conditions at Gibson Park. Ospreys opened the scoring with a penalty after Adam McBurney was sent to the sin […]

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Ulster A: Team up for Celtic Cup clash with Ospreys

It’s an Osprey’s double header either side of the Cregagh Road as Ulster A entertain the Ospreys Development side in the Celtic Cup ahead of Ulster’s opening PRO14 match at Ravenhill. The Celtic Cup match kicking off at Gibson Park at 17:00. Ulster A got back to winning ways last week with a high scoring […]

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Ulster A: Team announced for Dragons match.

Ulster A have reverted to their academy players for their away trip to the Dragons after their misguided move to bolster their team last week against Leinster. In a spectacular backfire Ulster A were absolutely hammered in a hapless first half performance against their Leinster counterparts after the “senior teamers” failed to gel with the, […]

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Ulster A: Celtic Cup Round 4 Wrap.

Typical, we big up the Ulster A team and state what a classic encounter it should be at Donnybrook and the go and swap the team around and get an absolute stuffing by Leinster A in the 4th Round of the Celtic Cup. It did lead to some amusing texts from the photographer I’d encouraged […]

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Celtic Cup: Ulster A thrashed by Leinster A

A clinical first-half performance, which saw them cross the Ulster line 6 times, moved Leinster four points clear at the top of the Celtic Cup table. Both sides had gone into today’s fixture unbeaten but, despite a second-half mini-revival, which saw them collect a try bonus point, Ulster were very much second best on the […]

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Ulster A: Celtic Cup Round 3 Wrap

Ulster A picked up another bonus point win on Friday afternoon, beating their Connacht counterparts 33 – 13 at Ballymena RFC. Peter Cooper continued his remarkable season with a brace of tries in the second half to secure the bonus point win for Ulster after David McCann, Conor Rankin and Ross Adair crossed in the […]

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Celtic Cup: Ulster A 33 Connacht Eagles 13

Ulster A continued on thier winning ways with a comfortable 33 – 13 win against Connacht Eagles at Ballymena Rugby Club on Friday afternoon. Peter Cooper continued his remarkable season with a brace of tries in the second half to secure the bonus point win for Ulster after David McCann, Conor Rankin and Ross Adair […]

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Ulster A: Team up for Ulster v Connacht

The Ulster A team was announced yesterday for their match against Connacht A in the Celtic Cup which takes place this afternoon at Ballymena RFC, kick off 16:00. No word on the Connacht team but it’s likely to be a tough game with the teams both unbeaten to date and lying 2nd and 3rd on […]

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Ulster A: Celtic Cup Round 2 Wrap

Ulster A continued on their winning way with a try bonus point win against Cardiff Blues A at Gibson Park on Saturday evening. Ulster A v Cardiff Blues A report and Match Gallery The Ulster scorers against Cardiff were Ross Adair, Azur Allison, Conor Rankin and Hayden Hyde with Bruce Houston adding 2 penalties and […]

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Celtic Cup: Ulster A 32 Cardiff Blues A 5

Ulster A are playing some attractive rugby these days as they continue to keep the pressure on Leinster A at the top of the Celtic Cup league table and their game against Cardiff Blues A on Saturday evening at Malone RFC was no exception as they ran in four tries in their 32 – 5 […]

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Ulster A: Team up for Ulster v Cardiff

Ulster A know they have to keep their foot on the gas when they face Cardiff Blues A on Saturday evening at Malone RFC in the second round of the Celtic Cup. Kick off 19:30 With only seven games in this competition, before the finalists are determined, any slip ups at the beginning are hard […]

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Ulster A: Celtic Cup Round 1 Wrap

Ulster A got their Celtic Cup campaign with an away win, beating Scarlets A 32 – 35 in Llandovery on Saturday afternoon. Ulster’s scores came from tries by Azur Allison, Callum Reid, David McCann and Peter Cooper with Bruce Houston adding 3 penalties and 3 conversions for a personal haul of 15 points. Ulster were […]

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Ulster A: Celtic Cup starts tomorrow.

Ulster A start their Celtic Cup campaign tomorrow (Saturday) with an away trip to Llandovery RFC where they will face the Scarlets A team, kick off 14:30. The team have had a reasonable build up, with two wins against their Leinster counterparts, but it all moves up a notch tomorrow. Scarlets are captained by their […]

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Ulster Men: Two on the bounce for Ulster A against Leinster A

An impressive second-half performance saw Ulster A side recover from a 21-12 halftime deficit to ultimately emerge victorious over their Leinster counterparts at Energia Park on Saturday afternoon. Trailing 10-0 in the early stages, Ulster pulled one back after 10 mins with a powerful burst for the line from number 8 Azur Allison with the […]

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Ulster Rugby: Ulster A sneak win against Leinster A

We caught up with Ulster A for the first time this season in a preseason friendly against, our nearest rivals, Leinster at Malone RFC last night, Ulster coming away with a 15 – 12 win.  The match had all the hallmarks of a preseason game, lots of endeavour but also plenty of mistakes and if […]

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Ulster A: Fixtures announced for the Celtic Cup 3.0

Ulster A’s schedule for, what I believe is, the third iteration of the Celtic Cup were announced earlier this week. Thankfully last years rushed iteration 2.0, and its disastrous Irish and Welsh conferences, has been dispensed with and the competition is now a straightforward league with the two highest ranked sides going through to a […]

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Ulster A: Celtic Cup Tournament Wrap.

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Ulster A: Celtic Cup Round 5 Wrap.

This one slipped past us earlier in the week, amongst all the doom and groom surrounding the seniors but Ulster A recorded their third win in the Celtic Cup with a 19 – 39 win against the Ospreys Development at Morganstone Brewery Field, Bridgend. Bruce Houston opened the scoring with a penalty before Ireland U20 2017 […]

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Celtic Cup: Ulster A 27 Dragons A 19