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2020-21 PRO14 Ulster Rugby Zebre Rugby

PRO14: Zebre 14 Ulster 57

Ulster make it six wins on the bounce with a nine-try victory over Conference A basement side Zebre last night. Marcell Coetzee scored four times to put him three tries clear of Gavin Coombes at the top of the PRO14 try scoring charts. Stewart Moore, Luke Marshall, Ethan McIlroy, Dave Shanahan and Bill Johnston added […]

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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: 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 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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2019-20 England U20 International Rugby U20 Ireland U20 Six Nations

U20 Six Nations: England 21 Ireland 39

I was just about to start my U20 Six Nations review when I noticed that I didn’t have a report up for Ireland’s Triple Crown winning game against England. I know we went straight into Schools Cup QF’s the next day and a lot of AIL and I meant to pick this up later. Amid […]

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2019-20 England U20 International Rugby U20 Ireland U20 Six Nations

U20 Six Nations. Teams up for England v Ireland

The teams have been announced for Ireland’s trip to Northampton to face England in the U20 Six Nations on friday night. Kick off 19:45. Both teams are undefeated with Ireland sitting at the top of the table a point ahead of their opponents having bagged a maximum 5 points from each of their two games […]

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2019-20 International Rugby U20 Ireland U20 Six Nations Wales U20

U20 Six Nations. Teams up for Ireland v Wales

The teams have been announced for Friday nights U20 Six Nations fixture between Ireland and Wales which takes place at Irish Independent Park, kick off 19:15. The match features first v last in terms of league standings, though how relative this is at the start of the campaign is a moot point. TEAM P W […]

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2019-20 International Rugby U20 Ireland U20 Scotland U20 Six Nations

U20 Six Nations: Teams up for Ireland v Scotland.

It’s the start of another 10 match journey as we get to know the great and the good of the Ireland U20’s over the Six Nations and the World Championship tournaments. Five of the players selected for the opening game of this season’s Six Nations were in the set up last season with the pick […]

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2019-20 All Ireland League 2A Cashel RFC Club Rugby Men Queen's University Belfast RFC

Club Men: Queen’s University 15 Cashel 17 (Energia AIL 2A)

Queens winning start to Energia AIL 2A is over after they were downed by Tipperary side Cashel at The Dub yesterday afternoon. Andrew McGrath and Ethan McIlroy grabbed the tries for Derek Suffern’s men however two penalty tries and a Luke Duffy penalty sealed the game for the visiting side, much to the visitors delight.  […]

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2018-19 Campbell College Belfast Methodist College Belfast Schools Schools Cup

Schools Cup: Campbell College 17 Methodist College 45 (Final)

A second half blitz by Methodist College saw them record a resounding 17 – 45 win against Campbell College in the Ulster Schools Cup Final earlier this afternoon. Campbell had been bucking the predictions from our Rugby Rankings throughout their impressive Schools Cup run, but the stats hit home with a vengeance as top seeds […]

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2018-19 Methodist College Belfast Schools Schools Cup Wallace High School

Schools Cup: Methodist College 19 Wallace High School 3 (USC SF)

Methodist College remain undefeated this season with a 19 – 3 win against Wallace High in the second semi final of the Ulster Schools Cup at Ravenhill yesterday afternoon. The Belfast side will now be making their 64th Cup Final appearance when they face Tuesday’s winner, Campbell College, in the Ulster Schools showpiece on 18th […]

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2018-19 Methodist College Belfast Schools

Schools: MCB 31 Ulster U19 5

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2018-19 Methodist College Belfast Schools Wallace High School

Schools: Methodist College 38 Wallace High 8

This match was billed as the top game in Ulster Schools Rugby as Methody (Ranked 2nd) met Wallace (Ranked 1st) at Pirrie Park, on Saturday morning. The ‘navy blue machine’ clicked! Methody’s lineout functioned perfectly, they were powerful in the scrums and they dominated loose play. It took only 10 minutes for Tom Millar to […]

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2018-19 Coleraine Academical Institution Coleraine Grammar School Methodist College Belfast Schools

Schools: Methodist College 45 Coleraine Grammar 0 (Schools)

Coleraine Grammar came up against a determined Methodist College on Saturday morning at Pirrie Park with the home team recording a 45 – 0 win. This match pitched 19th placed Coleraine against 2nd placed Methody according to the latest Rugby Rankings. A stubborn Coleraine defence held Methody at for 15 minutes, before Chris Larmour crashed […]

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2018-19 Methodist College Belfast Schools Sullivan Upper School

Schools: Methodist College 52 Sullivan Upper 3

Methodist College produced a substantial victory against Sullivan Upper School on Saturday morning at Pirrie Park. Sullivan took the lead through a Conor McKee penalty but that was it for the visitors as Methody ran in eight tries without response in their 52 – 3 win. Kevin McNaboe, Ethan McIlroy (2), Thomas Armstrong (2), Adam […]

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2018-19 Methodist College Belfast Royal Belfast Academical Institution Schools

Schools: Royal Belfast Academical Institution 10 Methodist College 19

It was a war of attrition in the trenches today, with Methody’s superb defence, ultimately, the deciding factor in a thrilling game. Weather conditions were always going to decide how the game was played. After a cagey start MCB took the lead midway through the 1st half with a Ben Gourley try converted by Ethan […]

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2018-19 Belfast Royal Academy Methodist College Belfast Schools

Schools: Methodist College 33 Belfast Royal Academy 13

Methodist College, Belfast, hosted Belfast Royal Academy on Saturday morning at Pirrie Park in an exciting game that Methody won 33-13. An early converted Methody try was countered by two Academy penalties, before a further try for the hosts on the stroke of half time gave Methody a 12 – 6 lead as the team’s […]

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2017-18 Campbell College Belfast Methodist College Belfast Schools Schools Cup

Schools Cup: CCB 17 MCB 8 Semi Final

The Danske Bank Schools Cup Semi Finals have been completed and Campbell College will play Royal School Armagh in the final at the Kingspan Stadium on Monday 19th March. Campbell College 17 Methodist College 8 Campbell College ground out their 17 – 8 win against Methody on Tuesday afternoon with a gritty display. The match […]

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2017-18 Coleraine Grammar School Methodist College Belfast Schools Cup

Schools Cup: Coleraine Grammar 3 Methodist College 38

Coleraine Grammar entertained Methodist College in the 4th Round of the Danske Bank Schools Cup on Saturday morning with the Belfast school returning home with the spoils after a 3 – 38 win. Conor Scollan (2), Conor Kelly, Kevin McNaboe, Matthew Neill and Chris Larmour all crossed for Methody in a six try rout with […]

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2017-18 Methodist College Belfast Schools Wallace High School

Schools: Methodist College 32 Wallace High 10

We completed our coverage of the top four sides in The Front Row Union Ulster Schools Rugby Rankings this week when we caught up with second placed Wallace High at fourth placed Methodist College on Saturday morning. Methody are likely to have improved their standing in the Ranking’s Table following a convincing 32 – 10 […]