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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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2016-17 Autumn Internationals

Autumn Series: Ireland 27 Australia 24

Ireland (17) 27 TRY: Iain Henderson, Garry Ringrose, Keith Earls. CON: Paddy Jackson (3). PEN: Paddy Jackson (2). Australia (7) 24 TRY: Dane Haylett-Petty, Tevita Kuridrani, Sefanaia Naivalu. CON: Bernard Foley (3). PEN: Bernard Foley. And so it came to pass, despite my tipping Australia to nick this one, that Ireland completed, what now must be regarded…

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2016-17 Autumn Internationals

Autumn Series: Teams up for Ireland v Australia

This match brings together two of the greatest hookers of the modern era with Ulster and Ireland’s Rory Best going head to head, cheek to cheek and shoulder to the back of the neck with Australia’s Stephen Moore.  By the end of the day they will have 216 test caps between them, Moore showing his dominance…

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2016-17 Autumn Internationals

Autumn Series: Ireland 9 New Zealand 21

Ireland (6) 9 PEN: Johnny Sexton, Paddy Jackson (2). New Zealand (14) 21 TRY: Malakai Fekitoa (2), Beauden Barrett. CON: Beauden Barrett (3). Just as there was extreme overreaction to Ireland’s historic win against New Zealand in Chicago, so has there been an equal amount of hysteria over this defeat at the Aviva Stadium.  Dirty,…

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2016-17 Autumn Internationals

Autumn Series: Teams up for Ireland v New Zealand II

Unsurprisingly Ireland have made limited changes from the team that won round one in Chicago a fortnight ago with Sean O’Brien, in for the injured Jordi Murphy, the only change to the starting XV for Saturday’s game at the Aviva Stadium. Kick off 5:30pm.  From the Ulster perspective I’m pleased to report that Paddy Jackson and…

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2016-17 Autumn Internationals

Autumn Series: Ireland 52 Canada 21

Ireland (21) 52 TRY: Keith Earls, Luke Marshall, Tiernan O’Halloran (2), Penalty Try, Ultan Dillane, Kieran Marmion, James Tracy. CON: Paddy Jackson (6). Canada (14) 21 TRY: DTH vd Merwe, Taylor Paris, Matt Evans. CON: Gordon McRorie (3). A 31 point win was just about par for the course for Ireland’s second-string against a hard working Canadian…

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2016-17 Autumn Internationals

Autumn Series: Teams up for Ireland v Canada

The teams were announced yesterday for Saturday’s match between Ireland and Canada in the Autumn Series at the Aviva Stadium. Kick off 7:15 pm. Live on Sky Sports 3, RTE TWO. With just under three years to go to the next World Cup this is more like the sort of Ireland team that I want…

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2016-17 Autumn Internationals

Autumn Series: Ireland 40 New Zealand 29

Ireland (25) 40 TRY: Jordi Murphy, CJ Stander, Conor Murray, Simon Zebo, Robbie Henshaw. CON: Johnny Sexton (2), Joey Carbery. PEN: Johnny Sexton (2), Conor Murray. New Zealand (8) 29 TRY: George Moala, TJ Perenara, Ben Smith, Scott Barrett. CON: Beauden Barrett (3). PEN: Beauden Barrett. This is one of those games that will live long…

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2016-17 Autumn Internationals

Ireland: Teams up for Chicago jolly!

The Ireland and New Zealand teams were announced earlier this evening for Saturday’s jolly in Chicago, the game at Soldier’s field kicking off at 20:00 UK/IRE. Live on BTSports 2.  Ulster’s Rory Best, Jared Payne and Andrew Trimble all start but unfortunately there is no room for Craig Gilroy. I’m also disappointed that Kieran Marmion, Joey Carberry…

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2015-16 Summer Tours

Ireland: South Africa 19 Ireland 13

South Africa (13) 19 TRY: JP Pietersen. CON: Elton Jantjies. PEN: Elton Jantjies (3), Ruan Combrinck. Ireland (10) 13 TRY: Luke Marshall. CON: Paddy Jackson. PEN: Paddy Jackson (2). Ireland failed in their bid to win their first test series in South Africa, going down 19 – 13 in the final decider in Port Elizabeth on…

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2015-16 Summer Tours

Ireland: Teams up for Final South African Test

The teams for Saturdays Final Test against South Africa in Port Elizabeth were announced earlier today.  Unfortunately Jared Payne has joined Robbie Henshaw on the injury list so there are two changes to the team that won the first test with Tiernan O’Halloran coming in for Payne and Stuart Olding replacing Henshaw. The only other change…

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2015-16 Summer Tours

Ireland: South Africa 32 Ireland 26

South Africa (3) 32TRY: Ruan Combrinck, Warren Whiteley, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Damian de Allende. CON: Elton Jantjies (3) PEN: Elton Jantjies (2)Ireland (19) 26TRY: Devin Toner, Jamie Heaslip. CON: Paddy Jackson (2) PEN: Paddy Jackson (4). What a difference a week makes, no scratch that, what a difference forty minutes makes in International rugby. Ireland had…

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2015-16 Summer Tours

Ireland: Teams up for South African Test 2

The teams were announced yesterday for the Second Test between South Africa and Ireland which takes place  on Saturday in Johannesburg. Kick off 4:00pm UK/IRE, live on Sky Sports.  I’m pleased to see that Joe Schmidt has continued to mix things up with ten changes to the squad that featured in the First Test. Stuart Olding,…

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2015-16 Summer Tours

Ireland: Historic Win in South Africa.

South Africa (13) 20TRY: Lwazi Mvovo, Pieter-Steph Du Toit. CON: Elton Jantjies (2) PEN: Pat Lambie, Elton Jantjies.Ireland (13) 26TRY: Jared Payne, Conor Murray. CON: Paddy Jackson (2) PEN: Paddy Jackson (3). DG: Paddy Jackson. Wow – what a weekend for Irish Rugby. Had to follow this match by text as we made our way back from…

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2015-16 Summer Tours

Ireland: Teams up for South African Test

The teams for the opening test of Ireland’s South African tour were announced earlier this afternoon, and it’s a selection that has sparked a lot of interest – probably for the right reasons.  Joe Schmid’s hand has been somewhat forced, through late withdrawals and probable exhaustion of some of the Leinster and Connacht contingent, but,…

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Editorial Features

A Year in Province – 2011

We look back at some of our favourite moments in rugby in Ulster over the last year – memorable or what? January 2011 2011 gets off to a poor start for Ulster with a 35 – 10  defeat by the Monsters at Turnip Park Central, but gimmies against Treviso and Aironi either side of a grinding 9 – 6 win against Biarritz…

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2010-11 International Rugby U20 IRB Junior World Championship Ireland U20

JWC 2011: Ireland team for Wales

Ireland and Wales have named their teams for tomorrows 7th place play off which takes place at Stadio Comunale di Monigo, Treviso. KO 11:00am. Banbridge’s Jonathan Murphy is called into the squad as a replacement for Ireland’s captain Niall Annett, who was literally out on his feet after the South African semi final, and Leinster’s back…

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2010-11 International Rugby U20 IRB Junior World Championship Ireland U20 Reworked Posts

JWC 201: Ireland 15 South Africa 57.

Ireland’s youngsters shipped nine tries in this defeat against South Africa with the stamina sapping rigours of the tournament finally catching up with the Irish lads. However, despite today’s result, and whatever transpires on Sunday against Wales, Ireland can take a lot of positives out of their participation in this tournament. This is exactly the…

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2010-11 International Rugby U20 IRB Junior World Championship Ireland U20

JWC 2011: Ireland v South Africa Preview – Take 2

Although there are substantial changes to the starting line ups from the last meeting between these two teams most of the changes are swapping around squad players and looking at the match day 22’s the changes are slight. Ireland have two new starts with Ulster’s Finlay Bealham making the bench for his first appearance in…

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2010-11 International Rugby U20 IRB Junior World Championship Ireland U20

JWC 2011: Ireland team for South Africa – Take 2

Ireland have made five changes to their starting XV from their earlier meeting with South Africa. The Baby Boks have made three changes to their starting line up. The Ireland team see’s Henderson starting ahead of Qualter, the Queens player is just getting better and better each game, Doyle comes in at wing forward ahead of Conneely, nominally a…

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2010-11 International Rugby U20 IRB Junior World Championship Ireland U20

Annett to lead. Ireland U20’s make three changes for JWC 2011

There have been three changes to the Irish Under 20 Squad for the Junior World Cup in Italy next month, with Ulster’s Trinity based player Dominic Gallagher being the surprise bolter into the team following a strong display on Sunday against a Leinster Development side. Gallagher replaces fellow Ulster exile Stephen Leckey who had to…

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2010-11 International Rugby U20 IRB Junior World Championship Ireland U20 Reworked Posts

Ireland U20’s Gear Up for Junior World Cup Challenge.

The Irish U20’s Junior World Cup Squad enjoyed two very good days in Dublin at the weekend with noticeable game progress made from Cork last week. In particular the team looked to have made a big improvement in continuity and in control. The U20’s featuring Ulster players Niall Annett (Capt), Finlay Bealham, Conor Carey, Iain Henderson, James McKinney,…

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2010-11 International Rugby U20 IRB Junior World Championship Ireland U20 Reworked Posts

Ireland U20 Squad for JWC 2011

The Irish U20 World Cup Squad has slipped out over on the IRB Junior World Cup Site. The 26 man squad features 11 Leinster players, 7 Ulster, 3 Connacht, 3 Munster and 2 Exiles from what we can work out, though Ulster based Finlay Bealham could count as one more  towards Ulster’s representation! However Ulster should provide…

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2010-11 England U20 International Rugby U20 Ireland U20 Six Nations

Lock, Stock and No Smoking Barrels: Under 20’s mugged by England!

This was always going to be a big ask for Ireland’s youngsters, with their creative backs (Paddy Jackson, Luke Marshall and Craig Gilroy) all playing for Ulster and their influential captain Niall Annett crocked so the score is not as bad as I’d feared. Ireland U20 15 TRY: Shane Buckley, David Doyle CON: JJ Hanrahan…