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2020-21 Club Rugby Men Community Series Ulster

Club Men. Community Series Week 3 Preview

There was only one fixture completed in the Ulster Conference Division 1 in Week 2 with City of Armagh moving to the top of the league after a last minute win against Ballynahinch. Division 2 also only managed one completion with Bangor coming out on top against Omagh Academicals. Unfortunately our photographer had gone to…

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2019-20 All Ireland League 1B Club Rugby Men

Energia AIL 1B Season Wrap.

We continue our tidy up of the All Ireland Leagues with our wrap of AIL 1B which also ended in Week 14. AIL 1B contains three Ulster sides in Banbridge RFC, City of Armagh RFC and Malone RFC, who all finished the season in tight formation in the middle of the table vying for a…

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2018-19 Ballymena Academy Royal School Armagh Schools Schools Cup

Schools Cup: Ballymena Academy 10 Royal School Armagh 14

Royal School Armagh progressed to the semi final of the Ulster Schools Cup with a hard fought 10 – 14 win at Ballymena Academy on a wet Saturday morning. The match started in near perfect conditions but it wasn’t long before a few spots of rain became a persistent nuisance, blowing straight down our lens!…

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2015-16 British and Irish Cup Competition Reworked Posts Scarlet Select Ulster Academy

B&I Cup: Ulster A 7 Scarlets Select 23

We’ve been somewhat remiss with our coverage of the Ulster Ravens/A/Spanners (delete as appropriate) this season but with the games taking place the same weekends as the European fixtures we just haven’t had enough time or resources, or sobriety for that mater! We did manage to get a photographer along to yesterday’s game at Eaton Park…

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2015-16 PRO14

PRO12: Ulster 24 Cardiff 17

Ulster (12) 24 TRY: Andrew Trimble, Paul Marshall, Nick Williams, Stuart McCloskey. CON: Ian Humphreys (2). Cardiff (9) 17 TRY: Josh Navidi. PEN: Rhys Patchell (4). It was far from the romp to victory that I’d predicted but it was a bonus point win none the less. The Northern Hemisphere has come under some criticism…

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2015-16 PRO14

PRO12: Teams up for Ulster v Cardiff

Teams are up for Ulster’s PRO12 match against Cardiff at Ravenhill on Friday evening. Kick off 19:35. The Ulster team features World Cup returnees Paddy Jackson and Darren Cave, who start from the bench, Ian Humphreys starts at out half and Lewis Stevenson steps into second row for the concussed Dan Tuohy. Last week I…

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2015-16 PRO14

PRO12: Edinburgh 16 Ulster 10

Edinburgh (6) 16 TRY: Hamish Watson. CON: Greig Tonks. PEN: Greig Tonks (3). Ulster (3) 10 TRY: Sean Reidy. CON: Peter Nelson. PEN: Peter Nelson. Ulster’s stuttering season continued last night with a 16 – 10 loss to Edinburgh at a deserted Murrayfield. I’d predicted Ulster pulling away for a comfortable win, in a scrappy match, but their…

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2015-16 PRO14

PRO12: Teams up for Edinburgh v Ulster.

The teams have been announced for tonight’s PRO12 fixture between Edinburgh and Ulster at Murrayfield. Kick off 7:45 pm, live on Sky Sports. With both Ireland and Scotland featuring in the World Cup Quarter Finals the match is a small appetiser before the main course and is likely to be played in an empty stadium, which…

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2015-16 PRO14

PRO12: Scarlets 22 Ulster 12

Scarlets (9) 22 TRY: Hadleigh Parkes. CON: Dan Jones. PEN: Dan Jones (5). Ulster (0) 12 TRY: Rory Scholes, Penalty Try. CON: Stuart McCloskey. The pre-season doom and gloom came back with a bang after this match as a disjointed Ulster capitulated to a young Scarlets side at Parc-y-Scarlets on Saturday afternoon. I had predicted a…

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2015-16 PRO14

PRO12: Teams up for Scarlets v Ulster

The teams are up for Saturday afternoon’s PRO12 clash between Scarlets and Ulster at Parc-y-Scatlets. KO 15:00 Live on Sky Sports. There are no changes to the Scarlets side that pulled off an impressive win, away to Glasgow, last weekend however, there are three changes to the Ulster squad that had a comfortable home win against the…

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2015-16 PRO14

PRO12: Ulster 28 – 6 Ospreys

Ulster (15) 28 TRY: Rob Herring, Stuart McCloskey, Wiehahn Herbst, Luke Marshall. CON: Stuart McCloskey. PEN: Stuart McCloskey (2)  Ospreys (6) 6 PEN: Sam Davies (2) Despite the pre-season doom and gloom Ulster got their PRO12 campaign off to a winning start with a bonus point win against Ospreys. All is right again in the world…

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2015-16 PRO14

PRO12: Teams up for Ulster v Ospreys.

The teams have been announced for Ulster’s opening PRO12 fixture, against Ospreys at Ravenhill later today. KO 19:35. Andrew Trimble grabs the headlines, having been jettisoned from the Irish World Cup Squad, but on another day the headlines would be the inclusion of Peter Nelson at out half. The last time I saw Nelson play in this…

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Bid on Ulster “Twickenham 2012” Signed Shirt in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care

I’d just like to draw your attention to this chance to own a Kukri Ulster “Twickenham 2012” Rugby Shirt signed by players who took part in last season’s final. The shirt is being auctioned by a friend of the FRU who recently lost his mother to cancer and the auction is in aid of Marie…

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ERCC Ulster Ulster Rugby

Heineken Cup: Leinster 42 Ulster 14

Leinster came up with the power, pace and precision when it mattered to hand Ulster a 42 – 14 spanking in the Heineken Cup Final at Twickenham on Saturday afternoon…[more]

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PRO14 Ulster Ulster Rugby

PRO12: Munster 36 Ulster 8

Well, what do you say about this one? Both sides were pretty poor, but at the end of the day Munster just wanted it that bit more, well not really a bit, a lot more.

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PRO14 Ulster Ulster Rugby

PRO12: Ulster v Munster Extended Squad.

The preliminary Ulster squad has been named ahead of Saturday’s trip to Thomond Park to take Munster in the RaboDirect PRO12 (kick off 7.30pm). Chris Henry has been responding well to treatment but has failed to recover from an ankle sprain which also ruled him out of the Heineken Cup semi-final win over Edinburgh last…

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ERCC Ulster Ulster Rugby

Heineken Cup: Ulster 22 Edinburgh 19

In truth it wasn’t a classic match, but it was a fantastic atmosphere. Despite Edinburgh’s dominance for most of the first half Ulster never really looked under undue pressure and much credit must go to “Dinger” Bell who really has set out a formidable defensive unit. [more]

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Game time…

Flight tickets – check… Match tickets – check… Ulster shirt, hat and scarf – check… Lucky underpants – check… Extreme, sphincter-twitching build-up of nerves – check… The teams are out there, Edinburgh as expected. Ulster minus Henry, plus Jackson. I have no worries about the latter – whatever you may say about McLaughlin, he has…

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ERCC Ulster Ulster Rugby

Heineken Cup: Extended Squad for Semi Final.

Ulster remain hopeful that Chris Henry and Paul Marshall will be fit to play Edinburgh in Saturday’s Heineken Cup semi final (kick off 5.45pm). Both players are included in Brian McLaughlin’s 35 man preliminary squad for the Aviva Stadium clash. Henry sprained his ankle in the PRO12 game against Leinster on Friday night, but will…

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PRO14 Ulster Ulster Rugby

PRO12: Ulster 8 Leinster 16 Match Centre

As the pressure rises towards the business end of the season it’s pleasing to see that Ulster are quickly becoming one of the form teams. But for a couple of poor management decisions and an appalling [more]

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PRO14 Ulster Ulster Rugby

PRO12: Extended Squad for Leinster

The preliminary Ulster squad to face Leinster in the RaboDirect PRO12 on Friday has been named (Ravenhill, kick off 7.05pm). Paul Marshall has been ruled out an ultrasound scan has revealed that he has sustained some tendon damage to his right elbow. The scrumhalf was injured in the act of scoring a try for Ulster…

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PRO14 Ulster Ulster Rugby

PRO12: Connacht 26 Ulster 21 Match Centre

Despite Patrick Jackson contributing 16 points, Ulster run out of steam in the second half to give the home side a rare win over their northern neighbours. It was a case … [more],

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PRO14 Ulster Ulster Rugby

PRO12: Ulster extended squad for Connacht.

Brian McLaughlin has named an extended squad as Ulster prepare for Saturday’s RaboDirect PRO12 fixture against Connacht at the Sportsground (kick off 5.15pm). All players involved in Sunday’s historic Heineken Cup quarter-final win over Munster have been included in the panel. McLaughlin used the starting XV for the duration of what was an extremely physical…

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ERCC Ulster Ulster Rugby

Heineken Cup: Munster 16 Ulster 22. Report, Pictures and Video.

Ulster claimed an historic 22 – 16 victory in this thrilling encounter at Thomond Park, Limerick, on Sunday afternoon. Having gone for a 21 – 16 win for Ulster before the game you would have though [more]