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2020-21 Autumn Nations Cup Georgia Men International Men Ireland Men

Autumn Nations Cup: Ireland 23 Georgia 10

Ireland scrapped to a 23 – 10 win against Georgia in the Autumn Nations Cup at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Billy Burns and Hugo Keenan both crossed, either side of a try from Georgia’s centre Giorgi Kveseladze, in an upbeat first half. However, the visitors dug in in the second half and Ireland…

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2020-21 Autumn Nations Cup Georgia Men International Rugby Men Ireland Men

Autumn Nations Cup: Teams up for Ireland v Georgia.

The teams are up for the final Pool A match in the Nations Cup featuring Ireland and Georgia. The match, at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin, kicks off a 14:00 on Sunday evening, 29th November and will be shown live on C4 and Amazon Prime. The Ireland side features Ulster’s Jacob Stockdale, Stuart McCloskey, Billy Burns,…

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2020-21 Autumn Nations Cup England Men International Rugby Men Ireland Men

Autumn Nations Cup: England 18 Ireland 7

The Nations Cup progressed yesterday afternoon with England producing a dominant performance against Ireland at Twickenham. The lack of atmosphere gave the occasion the feel of a trials match and the teams responded accordingly. England gave their defensive patterns a good work out but Ireland struggled to get their attacking plays into gear, their attritional…

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2020-21 Autumn Nations Cup England Men International Rugby Men Ireland Men

Autumn Nations Cup: Teams up for England v Ireland.

The second round of the Autumn Nations Cup takes place this weekend after a fairly sedate start last week. You can catch up with the fixtures, results and our associated coverage here and there are replays of each game available on Amazon Prime. After a fairly low key start last week, with only the Scotland…

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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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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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2019-20 International Rugby Men Ireland Men Italy Men Six Nations

Six Nations: Ireland 50 Italy 17

Ireland overpowered Italy to record a bonus point win and take control of the Six Nations, setting up a Super Saturday finish next weekend in this prolonged competition. Sat 31st Oct RD5 Wales Scotland 14:15 BBC Sport Sat 31st Oct RD5 Italy England 16:45 ITV Sport Sat 31st Oct RD5 France Ireland 20:10 BBC Sport…

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2019-20 International Rugby Men Ireland Men Italy Men Six Nations

Ireland Men: Teams up for Ireland v Italy

The teams have been announced for Saturdays rescheduled 2020 Six Nations match between Ireland and Italy. The match will be played behind closed doors at the Aviva Stadium but it will be broadcast live on ITV 1 in NornIron. Kick off 15:30 Context Ireland still have a chance of winning the Six Nations, as you…

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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: 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 PRO14 Ulster

PRO14: Edinburgh 19 Ulster 22

An 80th minute penalty from Ian Madigan sent Ulster through to the Guinness PRO14 final for the first time since 2013. In true Ulster fashion, they made hard work of it against an Edinburgh side who could have been out of sight after they opened up both a 12-0 lead and a 19-7 lead. Inspired…

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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 35 Connacht 3

A clinical performance from Ulster saw Ulster run in five tries against Andy Friend’s Connacht side. Alan O’Connor opened the Ulster account while Billy Burns added a second try midway through the first half. Robert Baloucoune and Rob Herring secured the bonus point after 50 minutes while a late Nick Timoney effort added some gloss…

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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: 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 PRO14

PRO14: Glasgow 30 Ulster 7

A malfunctioning lineout and scrum contributed to a heavy loss against Glasgow and leaves Ulster requiring a big performance against Edinburgh in BT Murrayfield next week. Rob Herring’s try after eight minutes was Ulster’s only points of the match as the away side fell to a disappointing defeat. However Ulster started as they did last…

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2018-19 Ulster

PRO14: Ulster 54 Zebre 7

A Rob Herring hat trick fired Ulster to a superb eight-try victory over a depleted Zebre side. The result, combined with Edinburgh’s defeat at home to Cardiff, sees Ulster move up to third in Conference B. It wasn’t until the 15th minute before Ulster opened the scoring with Herring’s first try thanks to a rolling…

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2018-19 PRO14

PRO14: Ulster 17 Benetton 17

A last minute penalty try salvaged a draw for Ulster in a crucial Guinness PRO14 match that they probably deserved to lose against Benetton Rugby. It’s a result that could have been a lot worse but is also one where a win would have seen the side move into third position. They remain in fifth…

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2018-19 PRO14

PRO14: Ulster 19 Munster 12

Ulster sign off for Christmas with a 19-12 victory over Munster in a feisty affair at Kingspan tonight thanks to tries from Rob Herring, Robert Baloucoune and Dave Shanahan. From the kick off Ulster found themselves on the back foot when Robert Baloucoune left a little too much in on his opposite number and was…

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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…

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2018-19 PRO14

PRO14: Benetton 10 Ulster 15

Ulster squeezed past Benetton Rugby thanks to second half tries from Sean Reidy and Rob Herring to move second in Conference B. In a game which was not a spectacle as I predicted, Ulster got off to their customarily slow start. Epalahame Faiva exploited Ulster’s recurring weakness of a rolling maul to score after two…

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2018-19 Autumn Internationals

Autumn Internationals: Eight Ulster players included in Irish squad

Eight Ulster players have been called up to the Ireland squad ahead of the four-match Autumn International series that kicks off next Saturday against Italy in Chicago. Will Addison is the only uncapped Ulsterman to be selected and his performances this season have certainly warranted the selection. John Cooney, Rob Herring and Stuart McCloskey join…

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2017-18 Summer Tours

Summer Tour: Teams up for Australia v Ireland

For the first time since 2007 no Ulster player is named in the starting team ahead of round two of Australia v Ireland. Rob Herring and John Cooney are however, the sole representatives in the extended squad as both occupy a spot on the replacement’s bench. Joe Schmidt has named five changes in the pack with…