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2020-21 Edinburgh Rugby PRO14 Provincial Rugby Men Ulster Rugby

PRO14: Teams up for Edinburgh v Ulster

Five changes have been made ahead of the trip to Murrayfield to face off with Edinburgh in Round 8 of the Guinness PRO14. Andrew Warwick will make his first start since December 2019 while Sam Carter replaces the suspended Kieran Treadwell. Jordi Murphy also returns while James Hume and Ian Madigan are also named in…

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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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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 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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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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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 Ospreys Rugby PRO14 Ulster Rugby

PRO14: Ospreys 26 Ulster 24

Ulster slip to a disappointing defeat against Conference A’s bottom side Ospreys in a return to Guinness PRO14 action. The Cheetahs’ heavy defeat against Leinster keeps them at arms length however a bonus point win for Glasgow over Zebre on Friday night sees them move to eight points behind Ulster. Luke Price added the opening…

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2018-19 PRO14

PRO14: Glasgow 50 Ulster 20

Ulster were given a rugby lesson in a 50-20 defeat by an extremely talented Glasgow side in the semi finals of the Guinness PRO14 last night. The hosts ran in seven tries, including three in the first half and a quickfire double after the interval which took the game away from Dan McFarland’s men. John…

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2018-19 Ulster Rugby

Ulster’s progression in 2019

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2018-19 PRO14

PRO14: Ulster 21 Connacht 13

Ulster march on in the Guinness PRO14 with a hard fought 21-13 win over Connacht at the Kingspan Stadium this evening. An early try from Nick Timoney set the tempo while Marcell Coetzee secured the victory two minutes before the end of the match. The home side stifled Connacht, restricting the away side to just…

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2018-19 PRO14

PRO14: Ulster 33 Southern Kings 19

A five-try win over the Southern Kings sees Ulster move back into second spot in Conference B of the Guinness PRO14 with three tough matches remaining. Stuart McCloskey, Rob Lyttle and Marcell Coetzee added first half tries while Robert Baloucoune and John Andrew rounded off the score line in the second half. Ulster came firing…

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2018-19 ERCC

HEC: Scarlets 24 Ulster 25

Ulster produced one of the finest away performances in recent years with a stunning 25-24 win over Scarlets at Parc-y-Scarlets. Despite going three points down early on, tries from Jacob Stockdale, Henry Speight, Will Addison and Marcell Coetzee secured a memorable victory. Rhys Patchell gave Scarlets the lead after two minutes with a penalty in…

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2017-18 Ulster Rugby

The Coetzee Conundrum

As Ulster prepare for their opening match in this season’s European campaign, it has been confirmed that Marcell Coetzee is back in South Africa to seek medical advice on a reoccurring knee injury. The former Natal Sharks star picked up an injury in training after the opening game against the Cheetahs and was unavailable for…