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2020-21 PRO14 Ulster Rugby

PRO14: Teams up for Ulster v Scarlets

John Cooney returns to the starting team as Ulster seek a seventh straight win in the league when they face Scarlets at Kingspan tomorrow night. The scrum half is one of of six changes with Kieran Treadwell, Sean Reidy and Matthew Rea coming in for Sam Carter, Jordi Murphy and Greg Jones in the pack…

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2020-21 PRO14 Ulster Rugby

PRO14: Teams up for Zebre v Ulster

Dan McFarland has rotated his side for the trip to Parma to take on Conference A basement side, Zebre. John Cooney, Matthew Rea, Kieran Treadwell and Matt Faddes are all left out of the match day 23 while Sean Reidy and Ian Madigan are named on the bench. After two solid cameo appearances against Cardiff…

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2020-21 PRO14 Ulster Rugby

PRO14: Ulster 40 Glasgow 15

Ulster eased to a six-try victory over Conference A rivals Glasgow Warriors on Monday night. John Andrew, Marcell Coetzee, Sam Carter and John Cooney added first half scores while Sean Reidy and Matt Faddes completed the route in the second half. It was the visitors who were first on the board however with Niko Matawalu…

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PRO14 Ulster Rugby

PRO14: Teams up for Ulster v Glasgow

Dan McFarland has named a strong side for the welcome of Conference A rivals Glasgow Warriors to Kingspan Stadium tomorrow night as they chase a five-win start to the Guinness PRO14 for the first time since 2016-17. Billy Burns and Stuart McCloskey are on international duty but Ulster welcome back Matt Faddes and Marcell Coetzee…

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2020-21 Cardiff Blues PRO14 Provincial Rugby Men Ulster Rugby

PRO14: Teams up for Cardiff v Ulster

It’s been a while since I’ve had to do an Ulster match preview as I’ve been concentrating on our Club and Schools output in recent seasons. However, our regular contributor for the PRO14 is unavailable this week so here goes. This season has a feel of “marking time” to me as the pandemic continues to…

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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 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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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 ERCC

ERCC: Ulster 25 Harlequins 24

A John Cooney penalty snatched victory from the jaws of defeat for Ulster Rugby as they remain top of the group at the half way mark. It was by no means a vintage performance from Ulster but the start they made was certainly impressive albeit the opening try alluded them until after the half way…

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2018-19 International Rugby U20 Ireland U20 New Zealand U20 World Rugby U20 Championship

Ireland U20: All you need to know for Ireland v New Zealand

We have an indepth look at the two teams ahead of this afternoon’s 2019 World Rugby U20 Championship 7th Place Final match. Kick off is at 13:00 in Argentina, 17:00 in UK/IRE. The match should be streamed live for those of us in the UK and will also be shown on EIR Sports. Why is…

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2018-19 All Ireland League 1B Club Rugby Men Malone RFC Old Wesley RFC

Club Men: Old Wesley 17 Malone 21

Malone battled to a bruising win against Old Wesley at Donnybrook on Saturday afternoon. The win leaves Malone two points clear at the top of AIL 1B. Old Wesley edged the first half taking a 17 – 14 lead into the break thanks to tries from David Poff, and Cronan Gleeson. Rory Stynes converted both…

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2018-19 PRO14

PRO14: Leinster 40 Ulster 7

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2018-19 All Ireland League 1B Club Rugby Men

Club Men: AIL 1B Week 9 Preview

Round 8 certainly threw the cat in amongst the pigeons in AIL 1B with the top four sides all losing. This allowed St Mary’s College to leapfrog them all with their bonus point win against Banbridge. At the moment only five points separate the top six sides. It got equally close at the bottom of…

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2018-19 All Ireland League 1B Club Rugby Men Malone RFC Old Belvedere RFC

Club Men: Malone 39 Old Belvedere 8

Strong first half for Malone saw them come away with all the points against Old Belvedere in this AIL 1B match  at Gibson Park on Saturday afternoon. Malone took an early lead through a Ben McCaughey try in the opening ten minutes. Old Belvedere responded with a pen from Steve Crosbie bringing the score to 5-3.…

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2017-18 Ulster Academy

Ulster Academy Development 10 Ulster Club Select 22

Ulster Rugby Academy Development and an Ulster Club Select enjoyed a hit out at Banbridge Rugby Club last night with the Club side having the better of the evening, scoring three tries to one. Head of Ulster Rugby Academy. Kieran Campbell commented ahead of the game: “This is a new idea aimed at giving club…

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2016-17 International Rugby U20 Ireland U20 Six Nations

Ireland U20 Six Nations Review. Who did what!

We have a look at the statistics behind Ireland U20’s recent Six Nations campaign. Has it been a good or bad tournament for the Ulster youngsters? Ireland finished fourth overall, with three wins and two losses. They had the same number of wins as France and Wales but their inability to pick up bonus points,…

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2016-17 Ulster Academy

Academy: Munster 21 Ulster 18

Munster Academy (0) 21 TRY: Colm Hogan (2), Gavin Coombes. CON: Conor Fitzgerald. Ulster Academy (18) 18 TRY: Aaron Cairns, Adam McBurney. PEN: Johnny McPhillips (2). CON: Johnny McPhillips. Ulster Academy raced to an 0 – 18 lead at halftime against their Munster counterparts. Unfortunately another second half capitulation saw them concede 21 unanswered points…

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2016-17 Ulster Academy

Academy: Teams up for Munster v Ulster Inter-provincial.

Teams have been announced for the Munster v Ulster  Academy inter-provincial on Friday evening at Thomond Park, Limerick. Kick off 7:00pm.  Ulster will  be looking for a big improvement on their 20 – 41 defeat by Leinster at Shaws Bridge last weekend, particularly after a fairly poor second half from the Ulster youngsters.  Unsurprisingly Ulster…

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2016-17 Ulster Academy

Academy: Ulster 20 Leinster 46

Ulster Academy went down by two tries to seven against Leinster Academy at Shaws Bridge sports complex on Friday afternoon. Ulster battled to a 20 -19 lead at the break but a second half capitulation by the Ulster youngsters saw the visitors score 27 unanswered points as they cruised to victory.

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2016-17 Ulster Academy

Academy: Teams up for Ulster v Leinster Inter-provinvcial

The teams have been announced for the first official Inter-provincial of the season with Ulster and Leinster Academies going head to head tomorrow (Friday) afternoon at Shaws Bridge, kick off 5:30 pm.  The fixture replaces the Under 20’s inter-pros as part of an IRFU attempt to bridge the gap between age grade and pro rugby by spending as…

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2016-17 Ulster Academy

Friendly: Ulster A 48 Canada A 38 (Pictures & Video)

Ulster A (29) 48 TRY: Conor Keys, Aaron Cairns, Conor Fields, Johnny McPhillips, Craig Trenier, Adam McBurney, Nick Timoney. PEN: Johnny McPhillips. CON: Johnny McPhillips (3), Conor Fields (2). Canada A (5) 38  TRY: Admir Cejvanovic, Kainoa Lloyd, Gordon McRorie, A.N. Other (3). CON: Gordon McRorie (4). Ulster A continued to build on their successful pre-season with a…

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2016-17 Ulster Academy

Friendly: Teams up for Ulster A v Canada A

Ulster A play hosts to Canada A as as part of a double header at Ravenhill tomorrow evening. The match kicks off at 5:15 pm with Ulster v Northampton following at 7:30 pm.  Ulster A are just back from a training camp in France, where they beat a select side from Jeremy Davidson’s Aurillac and Mark Anscomb’s…

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2016-17 Friendly

Friendly: Squads up for Leinster v Ulster

The squads have been announced for Saturday afternoon’s trial game between Leinster and Ulster at Navan RFC in the scenic Boyne Valley. Kick off 3:00pm.  I don’t think the lodges will be commemorating this battle in 300 years time as it appears it’ll be a fairly low key affair with both teams giving their “bubbling unders”…