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“I Was Going To Come Back And Make Them Regret Not Picking Me”

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For many, this enforced period of lockdown provides an opportunity for looking back, reflection and growth. For Ulster and Ireland’s John Cooney, there are no shortage of memories or experiences to mull over and dissect. To say Cooney’s career has had its ups and downs would be an understatement but the 30-year-old Dubliner has certainly experienced the euphoric highs and …

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John Cooney On Conor Murray Inspiration & Winding Road To The Top

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John Cooney cuts a relaxed figure as he sits in front of a packed media room alongside his rival for the Ireland nine jersey Conor Murray.  The IRFU communications department threw a curveball to the gathered media when announcing that the duo, whose selection merits have dominated the narrative in the build-up to this Six Nations championship, were those who …

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Conor Murray V John Cooney The Friendliest Of Rivalries

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There was a collective smile among the gathered journalists at the IRFU’s High-Performance Centre in Abbotstown when it was confirmed that Conor Murray and John Cooney would be up for interview – together.  Of course, the subject of these two players and their current form has dominated newspapers and sports websites alike with many being of the opinion that Cooney …

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Doris Set For Ireland Debut As Murray Retains Place In Starting XV

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Andy Farrell has named his Ireland side ahead of Saturday’s Six Nations opener against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium. The big news stemming from Farrell’s first-ever team announcement as head coach is that Munster’s Conor Murray will continue at scrum-half alongside new captain Johnny Sexton while Caelan Doris of Leinster gets the nod at number eight in what will be …

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Kingspan Erupts As Last-Gasp Cooney Strike Gives Ulster Victory

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The Kingspan Stadium played host to Ulster’s Heineken Champions Cup clash with Harlequins this afternoon as the northern province took a big step towards qualification for the knockout stages with a 25-24 win. Dan McFarland’s side looked threatening early on and could have had the first score on the board after just four minutes only for a knock on giving …

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John Cooney Signs Three Year Extension With Ulster

Ulster Rugby have announced that former Connacht scrum-half, John Cooney has signed a three-year extension with the province. The 28-year-old enjoyed a stellar opening season with Ulster last year, culminating in him winning the Bank of Ireland Player of the Year, Supporters Club Player of the Year and Rugby Writers’ Player of the Year awards after a remarkable season that …

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Internationals Return In Huge Boost For Ulster Ahead Of Season Opener

Ulster have received a major boost ahead of their Guinness PRO14 opener against the Scarlets on Saturday with the news that two of their international players have been made available for selection.  Iain Henderson and John Cooney who were both involved for Ireland during the summer tour of Austraila, where Joe Schmidt’s side recorded a 2-1 series victory, will be …

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Watch: Ulster Score A Superb Late Try To Down Scarlets

Guinness PRO14, Kingspan Stadium, Belfast 15/9/2017 Ulster vs Scarlets Ulster's John Andrew runs in a late try

In an entertaining encounter at the Kingspan Stadium, a superb late try by replacement hooker John Andrew earned the home side a hard-earned 27-20 win. With the scores locked at 2o points apiece with only four minutes to go, the Ulstermen launched an attack from their own 10m line through centre Luke Marshall. Marshall shipped it on to his midfield …

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Irish Champions Cup Team Of The Weekend

European Rugby Champions Cup Round 5, RDS, Dublin 13/1/2017 Leinster vs Montpellier Leinster's Jack Conan breaks free to score his sides second try Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

The Irish provinces enjoyed their best weekend since the formation of the European Rugby Champions Cup in 2014. Victories for Leinster and Munster ensured their passage into the quarter-finals, and home draws must surely await as the Irish powerhouses face the already knocked out Castres and Racing 92 respectively in the final round of pool games. Although Connacht sit at …

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Watch How This Hilarious Box Kick Fail Resulted In A Try

Glasgow Overcame Connacht 33-32 in Scotstoun on Friday night. Soon after the restart in the game between Glasgow and Connacht on Friday night, the Irish side found themselves 30-6 down. Although Connacht would go onto to score four second half tries and almost clinch an unlikely victory, Rob Harley’s try in the 41st minute proved to be decisive. However the …

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Focus Friday – Ireland’s Future At Scrum Half

Johnathan Fitzpatrick discusses the future of Ireland’s scrum half position, with an ever increasing amount of competition emerging in that area.   Depth is a muscle every rugby coach wants to develop. Rugby is no longer a team sport. It’s just as much about the eight players on the bench as the 15 standing on it. Just as much about the …

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