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Ulster Set To Announce Signing Of Springbok Backrow

Ulster Rugby v Toulouse - European Rugby Champions Cup

Ulster have moved fast after missing out on Victor Vito. When Ulster coach, Les Kiss, announced that the province were set to unveil a number of signings in the coming coming weeks, fans hoped that long time target, Victor Vito, would be on his way to Belfast. However fans of the northern province were left disappointed when it was revealed yesterday …

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The Irish Provinces’ Poor Form May Be Ireland’s Silver Lining

DUBLIN, IRELAND - NOVEMBER 15: Garry Ringrose of Leinsteris is tackled by Ben Jacobs of Wasps during the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Leinster Rugby and Wasps at the RDS Arena on November 15, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

It’s hard to look at the Irish provinces’ worst European season since 1998 and identify any positives for a Six Nations Championship defence, but if you look hard enough there are some. Minute they may be, but there are some. Leinster, Munster and Ulster, perennial heavyweights in the old Heineken Cup but rank outsiders in its revamped version, have been …

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Paddy Jackson Has To Step Up, Whether He’s Ready Or Not

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JANUARY 23: Paddy Jackson of Ulster during the European Champions Cup Pool 1 round 6 game between Ulster and Oyonnax at Kingspan Stadium on January 23, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

With Johnny Sexton out through concussion once again, there’s a chance for Paddy Jackson to step up to the plate with Ireland. Jack O’Toole discusses the positives and negatives of what may be a forced alteration come the Six Nations. As every Irish rugby fan will know by now, injuries are a cruel yet ultimately inevitable part of sport that can often derail …

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Who Scored The Biggest Hit Of The Day: Jacques Burger or Maurie Fa’asavalu?

Both Jacques Burger and Maurie Fa’asavalu put in massive hits today. Like all good flankers, both Jacques Burger and Maurie Fa’asavalu look to put the opposition fly half under serious pressure. Burger in particular, has earned his fearsome reputation for smashing 10s who linger a little too much on the ball. Indeed the Namibian flanker is often seen waiting to smash an out half from …

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Bring Them Home – The Exiles Who Could Solve The Provinces’ Problems

With no exiles selected in Ireland’s Six Nations squad for the opening two rounds of the competition, it seems clear that the IRFU and Co. will only select players plying their trade in Ireland. This policy means that our most promising exiles may look to return home in order to bolster their international ambitions. And given that many provinces have positional imbalances, …

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Assessing The Irish Provinces’ Overseas Players

Nobody within the Irish game is under any illusions as to the difficulty the provinces face in trying to reassert themselves amongst the game’s elite. Having pilfered five European crowns in seven years, Munster and Leinster now lag miles behind the continent’s superpowers. The French game has been awash with money for the past number of seasons, while the English …

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Ulster Announce Signing Of Ireland International Prop

Ulster Rugby have announced the signing of Ireland international tighthead Rodney Ah You from Connacht. The 27 year-old prop has been capped three times for Joe Schmidt’s side, making his debut in the 2014 tour of Argentina. Although born in New Zealand, Ah You qualifies for Ireland under residency rules. Ah You spoke to the Ulster website of his excitement …

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European Champions Cup Qualifying Picture Explained

On Friday morning, we predicted that things would be a lot clearer on Monday as far as qualifying for the quarter-finals of the European Champions Cup is concerned. How wrong we were. There are still places in the last eight up for grabs before the competition breaks for the Six Nations. Despite not harbouring realistic hopes of reaching the next …

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The Sequence Of Events Necessary For Munster To Qualify For The Quarter Finals

Munster are not yet eliminated from the Champions Cup. Although it was generally accepted that Munster’s defeat in Paris meant that the southern province were playing for pride against Stade Francais yesterday, it has since transpired that this was not the case. Munster’s bonus point win gives the reds a mathematical chance of qualifying for the quarter finals of the Champions …

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Ireland’s Rugby World Cup Bid Hits Another Snag

Northern Ireland’s licensing laws stand in the way of World Cup bid. The Belfast Telegraph have this afternoon reported that Northern Ireland’s licensing laws will have to be changed if the 2023 Rugby World Cup is to be staged in Ireland. The stringent laws that currently exist in the North, mean the Ulster Rugby must apply for a temporary licence …

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