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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 PRO14 Ulster Rugby

PRO14: Teams up for Ospreys v Ulster

Marcus Rea will make his first start for Ulster while his brother, Matthew, is set to make his 50th Ulster appearance as Dan McFarland makes four changes for the trip to Swansea. Alan O’Connor replaces Sam Carter in the second row, Marcus Rea starts ahead of Sean Reidy and in the backline, Ian Madigan and…

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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: 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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2018-19 Ulster Rugby

Jack McGrath signs for Ulster

In move that shocks absolutely nobody, Jack McGrath is the latest Leinsterman to move up the A1 to Belfast. He is Ulster’s third confirmed signing ahead of next season after Brumbies’ Sam Carter and Worcester’s Gareth Milasinovich were announced earlier in the season. No contract length was disclosed in the official statement. McGrath brings a…

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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 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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2015-16 Six Nations

RBS6N: Ireland 35 Scotland 25

Ireland: (21) 35 TRY: CJ Stander, Keith Earls, Conor Murray, Devin Toner. CON: Jonathan Sexton (3). PEN: Jonathan Sexton (3). Scotland: (13) 25 TRY: Stuart Hogg, Richie Gray, Alex Dunbar, CON: Greg Laidlaw (2) PEN: Greig Laidlaw (2). Ireland did enough to keep their noses in front in this feisty fixture at the Aviva Stadium…

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2015-16 Six Nations

RBS6N: Teams up for Ireland v Scotland

Teams were announced this afternoon for Saturday’s RBS Six Nations clash between Ireland and Scotland at the Aviva Stadium, kick off 17:00.  Joe Schmidt has made only one change to the starting line up with Tommy O’Donnell returning from injury to replace Josh van der Flyer. Richard Strauss replaces Sean Cronin on the bench which also…

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2015-16 Six Nations

RBS6N: Ireland 58 Italy 15

Ireland (25) 58TRY: Andrew Trimble, Jack McGrath, CJ Stander, Jamie Heaslip (2), Jared Payne, Sean Cronin, Ian Madigan, Fergus McFadden. CON: Jonathan Sexton (3), Ian Madigan (2). PEN: Jonathan Sexton.Italy (3) 15TRY: David Odiete, Leonardo Sarto. CON: Kelly Haimona. PEN: Edoardo Padovani. Ireland ran in, a record breaking, nine tries against a woeful Italian side to record a 58 – 15…

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2015-16 Six Nations

RBS6N: Teams up for Ireland v Italy

The teams for tomorrows Ireland v Italy RBS Six Nations match were announced yesterday. The game kicks off at the Aviva Stadium at 1:30pm with live coverage on ITV/RTE2.  While the U20’s and Women’s sides have shown some progress, in style of play and personnel used, this season the “flag ship” outfit seems to be going backwards…

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2015-16 Six Nations

RBS6N: England 21 Ireland 10

England (6) 21TRY: Anthony Watson, Mike Brown. CON: Owen Farrell. PEN: Owen Farrell (3)Ireland (3) 10TRY: Conor Murray. CON: Johnny Sexton. PEN: Johnny Sexton. It was no big surprise but still a huge disappointment that Ireland went down by 21 – 10 in this one. The Irish scores came from a Conor Murray try and…

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2015-16 Six Nations

RBS6N: Teams up for England v Ireland.

A frisson of excitement has been generated with three new caps announced by Ireland for this all important match against England at Twickenham on Saturday afternoon. Kick off 4:50, live on ITV.  The inclusion of Ulster’s Stuart McCloskey has been the main talking point on social media but in all likelihood his role in this…

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2015-16 Six Nations

RBS6N: France 10 Ireland 9

France (3) 10 TRY: Maxime Médard. CON: Jules Plisson. PEN: Jules Plisson. Ireland (9) 9 PEN: Sexton (3).  Ireland are still without a win in this years Six Nations Championship after going down 10 – 9 in a dull match against France at Stade de France on Saturday afternoon. There was an inevitability about the 71st minute try…