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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 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 Ulster Rugby

Simon Danielli

In recent years, Ulster’s overseas signings largely consist of players from the southern hemisphere. Only handful have international honours for northern hemisphere nations, notably Carlo del Fava and Rob Dewey spring to mind, while Tommy Seymour and Peter Nelson left Ulster for international honours with Scotland and Canada respectively. So for them to sign Simon […]

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2019-20 Ulster Rugby

Pedrie Wannenburg

At the start of the 2010-11 season Ulster signed three South African internationals and all three would go on to instil themselves as key players over the time they were at the province. Marked as turning point for Ulster after several seasons in the abyss, they helped turn Ulster’s fortunes around as appearances in the […]

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2019-20 Ulster Rugby

Ulster’s maverick out half: Ian Humphreys

As soon as Ian Humphreys signed for Ulster in 2008 the comparisons with his 72-times-Irish-capped older brother David, began. Humphreys joined Ulster from Leicester Tigers whom he opted to sign for instead of a accepting a development contract with Ulster in 2005. The former Ballymena Academy schoolboy had captained Ireland during the Rugby World Cup […]

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2019-20 Ulster Rugby

Ulster’s flying Fijian: Timoci Nagusa

It’s been over two months since Ulster’s last match against the Toyota Cheetahs and with the PRO14 season suspended indefinitely, I thought I’d take a look back at some of the province’s fan favourites of yesteryear. First up: Timoci Nagusa. Matt Williams signed the 21 year old Fijian winger on a two year deal in […]

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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 Ulster Rugby

Ulster Men: Ulster U18 Club lose to Leinster in Limerick

Ulster U18 Clubs lost 12 -31 to Leinster U18 Clubs in the final round of the IRFU U18 Interprovincials at the University of Limerick on Sunday afternoon. Leinster went on to lift the Club Trophy after three wins from three and Ulster ended the tournament, for the second season running, without a win. However, on […]

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2019-20 Ulster Rugby

Ulster Men: Ulster Schools finish off the Interprovincials in style.

Ulster U18 Schools finished of the U18 Interprovincial Festival in Limerick in fine style with a 48 – 10 win against IQ Rugby on Sunday afternoon. IQ Rugby Opened the scoring with a try from their out half Theo Smerdon before Ulster cut lose with tries from Jude Postlethwaite, Ethan Bryce and  Callum Smyton, all […]

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2019-20 Ulster Rugby

Ulster Rugby: Connacht U19 28 Ulster U19 27

Ulster U19 fell to a narrow one-point defeat at the hands of Connacht this afternoon at Maynooth University in their final game of the U19 inter-provincial series. Tries from Reece Malone, Reuben Crothers and Tom Stewart weren’t enough despite Ulster taking a 19-7 lead ten minutes into the second half. Ulster made a great start […]

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2019-20 Ulster Rugby

Ulster Men: U19’s Record Late Win Against Munster U19.

After their defeat by Leinster U19 on Saturday, Ulster U19 came back from behind twice to defeat Munster Schools 13 – 11 at Bangor Grammar School  on Wednesday 21st August. Playing into the teeth of a cold driving wind Ulster’s defence held firm conceding just two penalty goals in a half where Munster held sway […]

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2019-20 Ulster Rugby

Ulster Men: Schools suffer heavy defeat by Leinster

Ulster Schools went down to a surprisingly heavy 34 – 13 defeat by Leinster Schools on the opening day of the IRFU U18 Interprovincials at the University of Limerick. Ulster Schools kicked off playing with a strong wind, but kicked the ball dead. From the resulting scrum on half way, Leinster attacked and ran through […]

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2019-20 Ulster Rugby

Ulster Men: Ulster U18 Club go down to Connacht in opening Interpro

The Ulster U18 Club side went down 36 – 14 to their Connacht counterparts in the opening round of the IRFU U18 Interprovincial Competition at the University of Limerick on Saturday afternoon. Playing against a strengthening wind Connacht were first to attack and  kept Ulster pinned down in their 22. Following a break and some […]

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2019-20 Ulster Rugby

Ulster Rugby: Schools battle to win against Italy.

Ulster Schools came out on top 18 – 12 in an entertaining game against the Italian U18 side at Newforge country Club today. Coleraine Grammar’s Rory Telfer wins an early race under pressure from Italy’s Lorenzo Garlet. Ballymena Academy’s industrious scrum half James Wright scored a length of the field try in the first half […]

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2019-20 Ulster Rugby

Ulster Men: Who did what 2018-19

Ulster may be back in pre-season training ahead of the new campaign however, it’s never too late for a reflection on the season past. With a Champions Cup quarter final appearance and a semi final finish in the Guinness PRO14 last season saw an improvement from the previous one in terms of results. Season Highlights […]

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2018-19 Ulster Rugby

Making an impact at Ulster Rugby

Ulster were bolstered by the signatures of Will Addison, Jordi Murphy, Marty Moore and Billy Burns in the off season while Henry Speight joined as an injury joker up to the end of December. But have they improved an Ulster side that said goodbye to 11 players at the end of last season? Here’s how […]