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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 Zebre Rugby

PRO14: Zebre 14 Ulster 57

Ulster make it six wins on the bounce with a nine-try victory over Conference A basement side Zebre last night. Marcell Coetzee scored four times to put him three tries clear of Gavin Coombes at the top of the PRO14 try scoring charts. Stewart Moore, Luke Marshall, Ethan McIlroy, Dave Shanahan and Bill Johnston added…

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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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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 Cardiff Blues PRO14 Provincial Rugby Men Ulster Rugby

PRO14: Teams up for Cardiff v Ulster

It’s been a while since I’ve had to do an Ulster match preview as I’ve been concentrating on our Club and Schools output in recent seasons. However, our regular contributor for the PRO14 is unavailable this week so here goes. This season has a feel of “marking time” to me as the pandemic continues to…

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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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2017-18 PRO14

Guinness PRO14: Teams announced for Ulster v Southern Kings

Luke Marshall and Craig Gilroy return from their injuries to start in Ulster’s Guinness PRO14 clash against Southern Kings while Johnny McPhillips is set to make his first start. In the front row, Andy Warwick and Wiehahn Herbst start while John Andrew makes his first appearance since the trip to Galway in December. Alan O’Connor captains…

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2017-18 Ulster Rugby

Centre confusion weakens the case for defence

Ulster’s defensive frailties have been well documented over the festive period and they are only ten league tries shy of equalling last season’s tries conceded total. The defensive system has come under intense scrutiny and Les Kiss is bearing the brunt of the vocal criticism but does the problem have a much more straightforward solution?…

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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 Summer Tours

Ireland Summer Tour: Who did what?

We are back in pre-season, after a couple of weeks off following our trip to Georgia with the Ireland U20’s, and we’ve quite a bit to catch up on. First up we have a look at the stats behind Ireland’s summer tour to the USA and Japan. Not the most difficult of tours and one…

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2016-17 Summer Tours

Ireland Rugby Summer Tour Squad announced.

The squad for Ireland’s summer series against the USA and Japan was announced yesterday. For what is largely a development team it’s an extremely disappointing representation for Ulster with a measly four players being selected (plus our latest recruit from Connacht). The Front Row Union Young Player of the Year contenders Jacob Stockdale and Kieran Treadwell…

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2016-17 Ulster

Ulster Rugby: Who did what 2016 – 2017

We have a look at the key stats behind Ulster Rugby’s 2016 – 2017 season to see if it was as bad a season as we all think. Worst season ever? We have stats for the last seven seasons at Ulster Rugby. This is the only season (in that range) where we didn’t qualify for…

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2016-17 PRO14

Pienaar and Wilson depart on a win.

Ulster Rugby (10) 17 TRY: Roger Wilson, Andrew Trimble. CON: Paddy Jackson (2). PEN: Paddy Jackson. Leinster Rugby (6) 13 TRY: Penalty try. CON: Joey Carbery. PEN: Joey Carbery (2). Ulster Rugby came out on top 17 – 13 against Leinster in an emotionally charged PRO12 match at Ravenhill on Saturday afternoon. As I was…

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2016-17 PRO14

Ulster Rugby’s playoff hopes end in Swansea

Ospreys Rugby (17) 24 TRY: Tom Habberfield, Tyler Ardron, Brendon Leonard. CON: Dan Biggar (3). PEN: Dan Biggar Ulster Rugby (3) 10 TRY: Jacob Stockdale. CON: Paddy Jackson. PEN: Paddy Jackson. Ulster Rugby’s playoff hopes took a fatal hit on Saturday afternoon with a 24 – 10 defeat by Ospreys Rugby at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea.…

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2016-17 PRO14

Teams up for Ospreys v Ulster

The teams have been announced for the PRO12 match between Ospreys and Ulster Rugby which takes place on Saturday afternoon at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea. Kick off 3:00 pm live on BBCNI. We have opted for three changes with Craig Gilroy, Stuart McCloskey and Robbie Diack joining the starting line up at fullback, inside centre and No. 8…

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2016-17 PRO14

Ulster errors hand game to Munster.

Munster Rugby (10) 22 TRY: Angus Lloyd, Keith Earls, Dave O’Callaghan. CON: Ian Keatley, Tyler Bleyendaal. PEN: Ian Keatley Ulster Rugby (10) 20 TRY: Rory Best, Luke Marshall. CON: Paddy Jackson (2) PEN: Paddy Jackson (2) Ulster Rugby’s run of losses against Munster stretched to three seasons after Munster’s 22 – 20 win on Saturday…

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2016-17 PRO14

Teams up for Munster Rugby v Ulster Rugby

The teams have been announced for Ulster Rugby’s must win Guinness PRO12 match against Munster Rugby at Thomond Park, Limerick, on Saturday afternoon. Kick off 3:00pm, live on Sky Sports. Ulster have made three changes to the team that started against Cardiff. Jacob Stockdale starts at fullback, for the injured Jared Payne, Andrew Trimble moves to…

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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 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…