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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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2016-17 Six Nations

Ireland familiarity breeds Wales win.

Wales (8) 22 TRY: George North (2), Jamie Roberts. CON: Leigh Halfpenny (2). PEN: Leigh Halfpenny. Ireland (6) 9 PEN: Johnny Sexton (2), Paddy Jackson. Ireland’s Six Nations Championship hopes virtually disappeared on Friday night as Wales took their chances at the Principality Stadium to record a deserved win, scoring three tries to Ireland’s none. …

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2016-17 Ulster

Teams up for Wales v Ireland.

The teams are up for Friday nights RBS Six Nations match between Wales and Ireland at the Principality Stadium. Kick off 20.05, live on BBC/S4C.  There is not a great deal to say about either side. Wales are unchanged from the team that lost to Scotland and Ireland only make one change, from the team that beat France,…

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2016-17 Six Nations

Ireland smother France to submission!

Ireland (7) 19 TRY: Conor Murray. CON: Johnny Sexton PEN: Johnny Sexton (2), Paddy Jackson. DG: Johnny Sexton France (6) 9 PEN: Camille Lopez (3) Greater purpose, full of endeavour is how you would categorise Ireland in this match as they battled to a convincing 19 – 9 win against a disappointing France on Saturday evening…

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2016-17 Six Nations

Ireland call on Sexton against France

The teams were announced yesterday for the Ireland v France RBS Six Nations Match which takes place at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday, kick off 16:50. LIve on UTV. Rory Best returns to the starting line up after missing out in the romp against the Italians. The Ulsterman is joined in the front row by…

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2016-17 ERCC

ERCC: Exeter Chiefs 31 Ulster Rugby 19

Exeter Chiefs (12) 31 TRY: Michele Campagnaro (2), Thomas Waldrom (2), Penalty Try. CON: Gareth Steenson (3) Ulster Rugby (12) 19 TRY: Sean Reidy, Charles Piutau (2). CON: Paddy Jackson (2). Ulster effectively crashed out of European competition with this 31 – 19 defeat at Sandy Park yesterday evening. There is a faint mathematical possibility that…

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2016-17 ERCC

ERCC: Teams up for Exeter v Ulster

The teams have been announced for Sunday evening’s Champions Cup clash between Exeter Chiefs and Ulster Rugby at Sandy Park, kick off 17:30. Live on BT Sport.  In the backs we see Charles Piutau return to the starting line up, with Jacob Stockdale dropping to the bench, and Dave Shanahan swaps places with Paul Marshall at…

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2016-17 Ulster

PRO12: Teams up for Ulster v Connacht

The teams have been announced for Friday evenings Guinness PRO12 match between Ulster and Connacht at Ravenhill. Kick off 19:35, Live on BBC NI. So far has Ulster’s stock fallen in Irish Rugby over the last few years that Connacht now join Leinster and Munster in regarding this fixture as one where they can rest a few key…

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2016-17 PRO14

PRO12: Connacht 30 Ulster 25

Connacht (22) 30 TRY: Jack Carty, Cian Kelleher (2), James Connolly. CON: Jack Carty (2). PEN: Jack Carty (2) Ulster (8) 25 TRY: Craig Gilroy, Rory Best, Jarred Payne. CON: Paddy Jackson (2). PEN: Paddy Jackson (2) Bit late getting this up but we’ve clocked up 17 hours driving, 6 hours watching rugby, 5 hours partying in Galway, 6 hours…

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2016-17 PRO14

PRO12: Teams up for Connacht v Ulster

The teams are up for tomorrow’s PRO12 and inter-provincial clash between Connacht and Ulster at the Sportsground, Galway, kick off 7:35 pm. Live on BBCNI.  Both teams have extensive injury lists and a week ago I’d have been confident of a substantial win for Ulster, but looking at the team lists below, in black and…

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2016-17 PRO14

PRO12: Ulster 19 Scarlets 8

Ulster (11) 19 TRY: Louis Ludik, Iain Henderson. PEN: Paddy Jackson (3) Scarlets (0) 8 TRY: Will Boyde. PEN: Rhys Hatchell It was  scrappy enough opening to the match as both sides struggled for continuity, typified by Paddy Jackson who started off with a sublime kick to the corner, Scarlets clearing their lines, before an…

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2016-17 PRO14

PRO12: Teams up for Ulster v Scarlets

The team’s were announced earlier today for the Ulster v Scarlets PRO12 clash at Ravenhill on Friday evening. Kick off 19:05.  Ulster welcome back Charles Piutau, Craig Gilroy, Paddy Jackson and Callum Black in the starting line up with Franco van der Merwe and Ian Henderson forming the basis of a strong subs bench.  It’s starting…

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Schools Cup: Down High 7 BRA 13

It doesn’t seem that long ago that I was covering Ian Henderson, Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding in their own Schools Cup matches and it was good to see the young Ulster stars on the sidelines to watch Olding and Henderson’s old school, BRA, take on Down High in this Third Round match. BRA have…