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PRO14: Ulster 40 Dragons 17

A blistering five-try first half guided Ulster to a bonus point win against Dragons yesterday afternoon leaving the province three wins from three matches and in second place in conference B behind Leinster. Marcell Coetzee opened the scoring after just four minutes with Sean Reidy, Eric O’Sullivan and a brace from Louis Ludik adding tries…

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2020-21 PRO14 Ulster Rugby

PRO14: Ospreys 12 Ulster 24

Ulster win their first away game of the season as they triumph three tries to nil over the Ospreys at the Liberty Stadium. Jacob Stockdale, Marcell Coetzee and John Cooney were on the scoresheet while Cooney contributed a further nine points from the boot. Iain Henderson set the tone of the game by declining a…

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2017-18 Ulster Rugby

Twelve Ulster players are out of contract in the summer

Contracts and player negotiations have been hot topics in recent times with Simon Zebo opting to head to France at the end of his contract this summer. Recently, matters have arrived at the doorstep of Ulster Rugby with the revelation that Iain Henderson has several offers from overseas clubs. However the Ulster and Ireland lock…

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2016-17 Ulster

Best, and Henderson to start, Payne benches for Lions opener.

The Lions have sort of been bouncing along below our radar but you can’t really ignore them any longer once they start picking mouthwatering teams – oh the possibilities if these players click. Just look at that subs bench! Anyway, the good news is that Rory Best and Iain Henderson start with Jared Payne benching – looks…

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2016-17 B & I Lions

Best, Henderson and Payne in 2017 British and Irish Lions Squad

The British and Irish Lions touring squad to New Zealand was announced at noon today and the good news is that it will feature three Ulster players with Rory Best, Iain Henderson and Jared Payne all included. Sam Warburton of Wales will captain the tour, which runs from 3 June to 8 July. There will…

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2016-17 PRO14

Cardiff dampen Ulster Rugby’s top four charge!

Ulster Rugby (14) 24 TRY: Paddy Jackson, Penalty Try, Luke Marshall. CON: Paddy Jackson (3). PEN: Paddy Jackson. Cardiff Blues (10) 24 TRY: Sam Warburton, Rey Lee-Lo (2). CON: Gareth Anscombe (3). PEN: Gareth Anscombe. Ulster Rugby’s chances of a Guinness PRO12 play of place suffered an almost fatal blow following Friday night’s 24 all draw…

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2016-17 PRO14

Teams up for Ulster Rugby v Cardiff Blues

Teams are up for Friday night’s Guinness PRO12 match between Ulster Rugby and Cardiff Blues which takes place at Ravenhill. Kick off 19:35, live on BBCNI. Ulster welcome back Rory Best and Paddy Jackson to the starting line up with Stuart Olding moving from out half to inside centre to accommodate Jackson. Roger Wilson replaces…

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2016-17 PRO14 Ulster

Ulster miss out on bonus against Dragons.

Ulster Rugby battled to a 17 – 27 win against Neath Gwent Dragons on Friday evening at Rodney Parade to maintain a top four spot in the Guinness PRO12 but they will be disappointed that they missed out on a try bonus. The result leaves them three points ahead of Scarlets with four games to…

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2016-17 PRO14

Teams up for Dragons v Ulster

Teams are up for Ulster Rugby’s PRO12 match against Neath Gwent Dragons which takes place this evening, Friday 24th March, at Rodney Parade. Kick off at 7.35pm, live on BBC2 NI. There are four changes to the starting line up that featured against Zebre. Sean Reidy returns to the back row to replace the injured Marcell…

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2016-17 Six Nations

Ireland composure enough against England.

Ireland produced a ruthlessly composed performance to derail England’s Grand Slam chances in the final match of this seasons RBS Six Nations series at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday evening. The writing was always on the wall that this set of overinflated gym-bunnies would self destruct, following the absurd performance against Italy, and Eddie Jones and…

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2016-17 Six Nations

Ireland have enough to stop England

The teams have been announced for the Ireland v England Six Nations match on Saturday 18th at the Aviva Stadium. Kick off 17:00.  Ireland have made three changes with Jared Payne, Kieran Marmion and Iain Henderson coming in for Rob Kearney, Conor Murray and Devin Toner respectively. Luke McGrath and Andrew Conway join the replacements. …

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2016-17 PRO14

Ulster Rugby romp to record win against Zebre

Ulster Rugby (35) 68 TRY: Luke Marshall (2), Charles Piutau (2), Ruan Pienaar, Jacob Stockdale, Craig Gilroy, John Andrew, Stuart Olding, Paul Marshall. CON: Ruan Pienaar (7), Stuart Olding (2). Zebre Rugby (7) 21 TRY: Andrea De Marchi, Guillermo Roan, Lloyd Greeff. CON: Serafin Bordoli, Guglielmo Palazzani (2). Ulster Rugby romped to a record points…

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2016-17 PRO14

Teams up for Ulster Rugby v Zebre Rugby

The teams have been announced for Saturday afternoons re-arranged PRO12 fixture between Ulster Rugby and Zebre Rugby at Ravenhill Stadium. Kick off 18:05, live on BBCNI.  Ulster have made five changes to the team that faced Zebre a few weeks ago with Craig Gilroy, Kieran Treadwell and Marcell Coetzee joining the starting line up, Rodney…

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2016-17 PRO14

Ulster Rugby’s run dampened by downpour!

Ulster Rugby (7) 19 TRY: Jared Payne, Sean Reidy, Charles Piutau. CON: Ruan Pienaar (2). Benetton Treviso (0) 7 TRY: Teofilo Paulo. CON: Ian McKinley. Ulster Rugby’s run of consecutive bonus point wins came to a sodden end at a muddy Ravenhill on Friday night as the conditions leveled the playing field between Ulster’s “Galácticos” and…

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2016-17 PRO14

Teams up for Ulster Rugby v Benetton Treviso

Teams are up for Friday night’s Guinness PRO12 match between Ulster Rugby and Benetton Treviso at Ravenhill. The match kicks off at 19:35 and will be live on BBC NI.  Ulster welcome some big hitters back into the team with Craig Gilroy, Andrew Trimble, Jared Payne, Kieran Treadwell, Franco vd Merwe and, current FRU Favourite Marcell Coetzee all returning. for…

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2016-17 PRO14

Shadow over Ulster Rugby performance in Parma sunshine!

Zebre Rugby (10) 17 TRY: Guglielmo Palazzani, Mattia Bellini. CON: Guglielmo Palazzani (2). PEN: Guglielmo Palazzani. Ulster  Rugby(14) 40 TRY: Chris Henry, Ruan Pienaar, Stuart Olding, Jacob Stockdale, Robbie Diack, David Busby. CON: Ruan Pienaar (5). Apologies for the late posting of this one. We were involved in Six Nations action down in Dublin last…

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2016-17 PRO14

Strong Ulster side to face Zebre. Updated.

Ulster have named a strong site to face a weakened Zebre in the Guinness PRO12 on Sunday afternoon at  Stadio Lanfranchi in Parma. Kick off 12:30 UK/IRE. Live on Sky Sports.  Ulster are missing four to Ireland, Zebre are missing eleven to Italy and looking down through the team lists below there are not a lot…

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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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2016-17 ERCC

ERCC: Ulster 19 Exeter Chiefs 18

Ulster (10) 19 TRY: Sean Reidy. CON: Paddy Jackson. PEN: Paddy Jackson (3). DG: Paddy Jackson Exeter (6) 18 PEN: Gareth Steenson (5). DG: Gareth Steenson. Ulster’s European campaign continued to stutter with a one point win against Exeter Chiefs on Saturday evening.  I watched this one from the comfort of home and I wish…