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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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2019-20 Rugby World Cup

RWC2019: Ireland 27 Scotland 3

Ireland take pole position in Pool A with a resounding four-try victory over Scotland in their opening Rugby World Cup 2019 match. James Ryan, Rory Best, Tadhg Furlong and Andrew Conway were the try scorers and the bonus point sees Ireland join Japan at the top of Pool A on five points. A dominant Ireland…

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2019-20 Rugby World Cup

Ireland Men: Teams up for Ireland v Wales

Joe Schmidt has announced a strong Irish side to take on Wales in the last of Ireland’s warm up games before they head to Japan for the World Cup. Rory Best is the only Ulsterman involved in the starting lineup in what will be his final professional game of rugby on Irish soil. Jacob Stockdale…

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2019-20 Rugby World Cup

RWC2019: Three Ulstermen in Ireland squad for Japan 2019

Joe Schmidt has announced his Ireland team that will travel to Japan in search of that maiden semi final match. Three Ulstermen, Rory Best, Jacob Stockdale and Iain Henderson have made the 31-man squad while Jordi Murphy, Jack McGrath and Will Addison failed to make the cut. It’s Ulster’s lowest representation in an Irish squad…

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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 Six Nations

Men Six Nations: Ireland 26 France 14

Rory Best grabbed a try on what could be his final Six Nations appearance at the Aviva Stadium as Ireland defeated France 26-14 in the penultimate round of the 2019 Six Nations. Despite there being only twelve points between the sides, Ireland were dominant in every facet of the game barring a switch off in…

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2018-19 Autumn Internationals

Autumn Internationals: Teams up for Ireland v New Zealand

Joe Schmidt makes five changes to the team from the victory over Argentina last week ahead of the highly anticipated clash with New Zealand. It’s a tried and trusted front row of Cian Healy, Rory Best and Tadhg Furlong that will take the field on Saturday night while the inclusion of Devin Toner ahead of…

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2018-19 Autumn Internationals

Autumn Internationals: Teams up for Ireland v Argentina

Rory Best, Iain Henderson and Jacob Stockdale are the Ulster representation in Ireland team to take on Argentina on Saturday in the second match of this Autumn International series. In all, Joe Schmidt has made 12 changes to the side that defeated Italy with ease in Chicago last week including a completely new pack, showcasing…

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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 PRO14

PRO14: Munster 24 Ulster 24

Ulster blew a ten point lead to draw 24-24 with Munster handing Edinburgh the vital third place finish in Conference B of the Guinness PRO14. Normally a draw in Thomond Park would be celebrated as an achievement but the mood among Ulster supporters is somewhat glum after missing out on finals rugby for the second…

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2017-18 Six Nations

Six Nations: Ireland 56-19 Italy

Rory Best crossed and Jacob Stockdale scored twice as Ireland run eight tries past a shambolic Italy side in round two of the 2018 Natwest Six Nations. Robbie Henshaw, Conor Murray, Bundee Aki and Keith Earls were the other try scorers as Ireland move to the stop of the table, ahead of England on points…

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2017-18 Six Nations

Six Nations: France 13 Ireland 15

Johnny Sexton saves Ireland’s skin with an 80th minute drop kick from 40 metres to defeat France 15-13 at the Stade de France. Teddy Thomas crossed the line for the only try of the game with ten minutes left, but it wasn’t enough to seal a French victory. Ireland took an early 3-0 lead after…

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2017-18 Six Nations

Six Nations: Teams announced for France v Ireland

Rory Best, Iain Henderson and Jacob Stockdale are included in the Ireland team that will face France on Saturday in the opening round of Six Nations fixtures. Captain Best starts at hooker alongside Cian Healy who is rewarded for his fine form and Tadhg Furlong starting at loose head prop and tight head prop respectively.…

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2017-18 ERCC

ERCC: Ulster 20 La Rochelle 13

Ulster defeat La Rochelle but miss out on a bonus point in a tightly fought affair that ended 20-13. Ulster outscored their visitors with Rory Best and Jacob Stockdale getting on the scoreboard in the first half while Nick Timoney added a third at the start of the second. Alexis Bales was La Rochelle’s sole…

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2017-18 Autumn Internationals

Autumn Internationals: Teams announced for Ireland v Argentina

Rory Best, Iain Henderson and Jacob Stockdale are named in the Irish squad to face Argentina in the final match of  2017 Guinness Series. Adam Byrne is set to make his debut on the right wing while Chris Farrell retains his jersey at outside centre due to the absence of Robbie Henshaw . Rory Best continues…

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2017-18 Autumn Internationals

Stockdale impresses as Ireland thrash poor South Africa

The transition from provincial rugby to the international scene has been effortless for Jacob Stockdale as he grabbed a try in Ireland’s 38-3 demolition over a shambolic Springboks side. Rob Herring came off the bench to cross the line while Andrew Conway and Rhys Ruddock were the other try scorers. Johnny Sexton gave Ireland an…

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2017-18 Autumn Internationals

Autumn Internationals: Teams up for Ireland v South Africa

Joe Schmidt has announced an Ireland side featuring four Ulstermen to take the field against South Africa on Saturday. Rory Best captains the side from hooker while Jacob Stockdale has been rewarded for his fine start to the season with a wing position. Iain Henderson starts in the second row while Rob Herring is Best’s…

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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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2017-18 PRO14

PRO14: Teams announced for Ulster v Leinster

Rory Best is set to make his 200th Ulster appearance in tomorrow night’s Guinness PRO14 clash against Leinster at Kingspan Stadium. Best is the second player in two weeks to make his 200th appearance for the province with Robbie Diack joining the illustrious club last week against La Rochelle. Paul Marshall could make it three in…

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2017-18 Autumn Internationals

Autumn Internationals: Ireland squad announced

Joe Schmidt has called up six Ulstermen for the Autumn tests against South Africa, Fiji and Argentina that take place in November. Schmidt keeps his faith in captain Rory Best despite only making his first appearance of the season against La Rochelle while Rob Herring, Iain Henderson, Kieran Treadwell, Stuart McCloskey and Jacob Stockdale are…

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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 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 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…