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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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Donegal Handed Major Boost As All-Ireland Winner Returns

Donegal have been handed a major lift ahead of the 2016 season with the news that 2012 All-Ireland winner Rory Kavanagh is set to return to the Tír Chonaill men. The 33 year-old announced his retirement last January, but now has taken a u-turn in a bid to aid the Ulster side back to the top. Donegal lost to Monaghan in …

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Stuart McCloskey Has Earned The Right To Partner Robbie Henshaw In The Irish Midfield

Stuart McCloskey’s recent performances for Ulster suggest he may be ready to slot into the Irish midfield. When Brian O’Driscoll announced his retirement from international rugby in 2014, there were huge question marks over who was going to fill his boots at outside centre, and invariably who would be his successor’s partner at inside centre. O’Driscoll and provincial teammate Gordon D’Arcy …

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Video: Paddy Jackson’s Season Saving Penalty

Paddy Jackson saved Ulster’s European season. After going 23-0 down, many thought that Ulster’s European season had come to a miserable end against Oyonnax. Indeed, given Munster’s embarrassing result last night and Leinster’s slow start to the season, an early Champions Cup exit for Ulster would have represented another blow to Irish pride ahead of the Six Nations. However, Ulster were not …

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Six Players Who Could Light Up The Six Nations

The Six Nations is almost upon us, and we’re getting very excited. There are countless subplots before this year’s tournament even begins. England and France had disastrous World Cups, and enter 2016 under new management. However, can they return to the top of European rugby’s table? Meanwhile Ireland are hot in pursuit of a third consecutive championship, but humbling defeat …

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Massive Injury Blow For Ireland Ahead Of Six Nations

Joe Schmidt’s options at second row have been greatly depleted. Writing in the Irish Independent this morning, Ruaidhri O’Connor has reported that Ulster’s Iain Henderson will miss the rest of the season through injury. It was expected that the powerful Ulster forward would replace Paul O’Connell in the Irish second row, but after suffering a hamstring injury last month, Ulster coach …

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Munster Fans Rejoice As Their Side Avoids Sixth Consecutive Defeat

Munster secured an unlikely victory in Belfast. In a hugely attritional game, Munster avoided the possibility of a sixth consecutive defeat against Ulster in Ravenhill this evening. With a series of huge European games to come, the victory has the potential to turn Munster’s season around. Indeed despite receiving much criticism over recent weeks, Ian Keatley was at the heart of the Reds …

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