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2020-21 Autumn Nations Cup Georgia Men International Men Ireland Men

Autumn Nations Cup: Ireland 23 Georgia 10

Ireland scrapped to a 23 – 10 win against Georgia in the Autumn Nations Cup at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Billy Burns and Hugo Keenan both crossed, either side of a try from Georgia’s centre Giorgi Kveseladze, in an upbeat first half. However, the visitors dug in in the second half and Ireland…

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2020-21 Autumn Nations Cup England Men International Rugby Men Ireland Men

Autumn Nations Cup: England 18 Ireland 7

The Nations Cup progressed yesterday afternoon with England producing a dominant performance against Ireland at Twickenham. The lack of atmosphere gave the occasion the feel of a trials match and the teams responded accordingly. England gave their defensive patterns a good work out but Ireland struggled to get their attacking plays into gear, their attritional…

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2020-21 Autumn Nations Cup England Men International Rugby Men Ireland Men

Autumn Nations Cup: Teams up for England v Ireland.

The second round of the Autumn Nations Cup takes place this weekend after a fairly sedate start last week. You can catch up with the fixtures, results and our associated coverage here and there are replays of each game available on Amazon Prime. After a fairly low key start last week, with only the Scotland…

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2020-21 Autumn Nations Cup International Rugby Men Ireland Men Wales Men

Autumn Nations Cup: Ireland 32 Wales 9

Ireland kicked off their Nations Cup campaign with a convincing win against Wales at the Aviva Stadium on Friday evening. Neither side created much, in a drab match, but Ireland managed to get over the line twice with Quinn Roux and James Lowe bagging a try each. Ireland (16) 32 TRY: Quinn Roux, James Lowe  CON: Johnny…

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2020-21 Autumn Nations Cup International Rugby Men Ireland Men Wales Men

Autumn Nations Cup: Teams up for Ireland v Wales

It’s a crazy old world at the minute and the unique circumstances, we find ourselves in, have seen the formation of the Autumn Nations Cup as an extension of the, only just completed, Six Nations tournament. In a mad scramble to address the huge deficits in the coffers of the Six Nations teams they have…

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2020-21 International Rugby Men Ireland Men

John Cooney left out of Irish squad… again

Having omitted John Cooney from his international squad for the final 2020 Six Nations matches, many thought the scrum half had done enough to force his way back into Andy Farrell’s plans for the Autumn Nations Cup with his PRO14 performances recently Cooney is the notable absentee from the squad announced on Thursday while Iain…

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2020-21 Cardiff Blues PRO14 Provincial Rugby Men Ulster Rugby

PRO14: Cardiff Blues 7 Ulster 11

Ulster continue their unbeaten start to the season with an 11-7 win over Cardiff Blues at Rodney Parade last night. It was by no means a classic with the scrum count outscoring the scoreboard 19-18. Michael Lowry scored Ulster’s only try of the game on the half time whistle, answering a great score from Rey…

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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 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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2019-20 Club Rugby

Passing Time in Isolation without Live Rugby

For the rugby fans of Ulster, we’re living out a rather disappointing season. Suffice to say, many of us are feeling some degree of cabin-fever. That said, a once in a lifetime change can also produce once in a lifetime opportunities, and that’s what we want to look at today. To grow, entertain, or simply stay…

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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: 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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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…

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2018-19 PRO14

PRO14: Edinburgh 7 Ulster 29

Ulster wrapped up second spot in Conference B with a bonus point win over league rivals Edinburgh at Murrayfield on Friday night. Jordi Murphy scored Ulster’s first try while Robert Baloucoune and Rob Lyttle added scores either side of the interval. Billy Burns rounded off a wonderful team performance with his first try in an…

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2018-19 Ulster Rugby

Ulster’s new boys

With Ulster’s opening pre-season friendly less than a week away, here’s a reminder of who we have welcomed to the Kingspan this summer: Billy Burns Age: 24 Position: out-half/fullback Contract length: two years Previous clubs: Gloucester, Hartpury College International: England U20 (8), England U18 (18), Irish qualified     Henry Speight Age: 30 Position: wing/centre…

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2018-19 Ulster Rugby

Billy Burns signs for Ulster

Ulster have announced the capture of Billy Burns bringing the province’s total incoming transfers to five ahead of the start of the season. Burns, 24, joins on a two-year deal and is able to play for Ireland which would have given the move a major boost in the eyes of the IRFU. He made 101…