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2020-21 PRO14 Ulster Rugby

PRO14: Teams up for Ulster v Scarlets

John Cooney returns to the starting team as Ulster seek a seventh straight win in the league when they face Scarlets at Kingspan tomorrow night. The scrum half is one of of six changes with Kieran Treadwell, Sean Reidy and Matthew Rea coming in for Sam Carter, Jordi Murphy and Greg Jones in the pack […]

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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 International Rugby Men Ireland Men

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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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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Dragons Rugby PRO14 Ulster Rugby

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 Dragons Rugby PRO14 Ulster Rugby

PRO14: Teams up for Ulster v Dragons

Marcell Coetzee, John Cooney, Jordi Murphy and Sean Reidy all start in strong squad named to face the Dragons on Sunday afternoon. KO 15:00. With Herring away on Ireland duty, John Andrew fulfills the role at hooker and Sam Carter captains the side from second row. Ian Madigan partners Cooney at half back with Rob […]

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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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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: Ulster 35 Benetton 24

Ulster open their PRO14 campaign with an entertaining bonus point win at home to Benetton Rugby on Friday night. James Hume, Stewart Moore, Michael Lowry, Marcell Coetzee and Adam McBurney were on the scoresheet with John Cooney adding four conversions and Bill Johnston slotting a fifth. The home side came bursting out of the blocks […]

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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 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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2020-21 Connacht Rugby PRO14 Ulster Rugby

PRO14: Connacht 26 Ulster 21

Ulster’s first game back was not a good one as they fell to a five point defeat at the hands of a well drilled Connacht side, leaving Dan McFarland questioning the mindset of his players. McFarland’s side looked so rusty I’m surprised they didn’t turn to powder when tackled by the Connacht players. I expected […]

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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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2019-20 Ireland Men Six Nations Wales

Men Six Nations: Teams up for Ireland v Wales

After a hard fought but not entirely convincing win in round one of the Six Nations against Scotland, Andy Farrell has made two changes to the starting team to take on Wales at the Aviva Stadium. The Ulster contingent retain their respective jerseys; Rob Herring and Iain Henderson start in the pack, while Jacob Stockdale […]

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2019-20 PRO14

PRO14: Ulster 38 Munster 17

On a night that had the potential to be a banana skin with a fully loaded* Munster side travelling up to Kingspan Stadium, Ulster dispatched Johann Van Graan’s men with ease to maintain a healthy distance from Glasgow Warriors and Toyota Cheetahs in Conference A of the PRO14. I was slightly worried about this match […]

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2019-20 PRO14

PRO14: Ulster 29 Scarlets 5

Ulster breezed to a five-try victory over the Scarlets this evening which sees them consolidate second spot in Conference A. Matt Faddes grabbed a brace while Matty Rea, Robert Baloucoune and John Cooney added the other scores in what was a very comfortable evening for the Ulstermen. I’m not sure Dan McFarland could have wished […]

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2019-20 ERCC

HCC: Ulster 18 Clermont 13

Ulster make it two European wins on the bounce with a hard fought victory over Clermont Auvergne at Kingspan last night. Jordi Murphy scored off a rolling maul in the first half while John Cooney chased his own kick to finish off a superb individual effort for the second try in the second half. Ulster’s […]

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2018-19 2019-20 Rugby World Cup

Ireland training squad announced for World Cup preparations

Joe Schmidt has named a 44-man training squad ahead of preparations for Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan. The squad contains six Ulstermen, Rory Best, Iain Henderson, Rob Herring, Jordi Murphy, John Cooney and Jacob Stockdale. Future Ulster player, Jack McGrath is also included along with Fivemiletown native Chris Farrell. Despite the extended panel, there […]

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2018-19 PRO14

PRO14: Dragons 15 Ulster 28

Ulster leave Newport with a bonus point win for the first time since October 2012 thanks to a 28-15 win over the Dragons. Jordi Murphy scored a solitary try in the first half, while a quick fire double from Marty Moore and John Cooney secured the result before Alan O’Connor gave Ulster their fourth league […]

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2018-19 Six Nations

Men’s Six Nations: Ireland 20 England 32

Revenge is a dish best served cold and that’s what England got as they defeated Ireland 32-20 at the Aviva Stadium on the opening weekend of the Six Nations. Cian Healy grabbed Ireland’s first try while Ulster’s own John Cooney scored a consolation with two minutes remaining. Ireland were on immediately on the back foot […]

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2018-19 ERCC

HCC: Ulster 30 Scarlets 15

Two tries from Iain Henderson helped Ulster to a comfortable bonus point victory over Scarlets in the Heineken Champions Cup tonight. Jacob Stockdale and John Cooney added the other two scores to give Ulster a crucial five-point win which sees them move to 14 points with a home match against Racing 92 and a trip […]

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2018-19 Ireland Men

Autumn Internationals: Teams up for Ireland v USA

Joe Schmidt has announced an Irish side featuring six Ulstermen to face USA on Satrurday (KO 18:30). Rory Best and Jacob Stockdale are left out having featured in two and three Autumn International matches already. Will Addison, Stuart McCloskey, John Cooney, Iain Henderson and Jordi Murphy are the Ulster contingent in the starting line up […]