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VIDEO: Guinness Pro 12 Try Of The Season Nominations Announced

An Official GUINNESS PRO12 panel of experts have selected their eight favourite tries from the first 20 rounds of this season’s Guinness PRO12 but it’s the fans who will decide which one is the Sky Sports Guinness PRO12 Try of the Season. Featuring eight outstanding candidates from Munster, Connacht, Glasgow Warriors, Edinburgh and Ulster, the try of the season decision now …

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Arrival Of Charles Piutau Damaging To Irish Rugby

Ulster confirmed this week that New Zealand utility back Charles Pitau will be joining the province in July 2016, as the northern province continue to flex their financial muscle. Australian out-half Sam Windsor is also set to join Neil Doak’s side, for the beginning of next season. With the dawn of the Champions Cup, European club rugby is entering a …

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PREVIEW: Toulon vs Ulster

This is probably the last Match Ulster will want, but then there aren’t many better times to take on Toulon.   A trip to the home of the European champions is not what an out of sorts Ulster side need at this moment in time. Last week’s performance against Treviso pretty much summed up Ulster’s season in one game. In …

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What Next For Ireland’s Provinces?

As the European transfer-merry-go round gathers pace, Munster’s loss of emerging star JJ Hanrahan to Northampton could be the start of a worrying trend for the Irish provinces. En route to annexing five Heineken Cup trophies in seven seasons between 2005/6 and 2011/12 Munster and Leinster always managed to balance a core of indigenously produced international talent with overseas superstars. …

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Rugby: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not

Great start to the New Year for Connacht, but not so great for Jake McGrath. It’s Rugby’s hot and not.    Who’s Hot Connacht: What a way to start 2015! The Westerners pulled off only their second win in 41 meetings against Munster at the Sportsground to maintain their unbeaten home record. The home side were 13-0 down after 15 …

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Can Leinster bounce back against Ulster?

The Introduction If 2014 was a rugby cliché, it would be ‘Leinster are playing below their best’. Remarks about how Leinster have yet to hit their stride, about how Matt O’Connor is clueless, the scandalous inclusion of Jimmy Gopperth ahead of Ian Madigan, Leinster’s out of form, out of sorts performances dominated headlines. Leinster’s final game of 2014 was one …

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Focus Friday: Challenging Weekend Ahead For Leinster & Munster

This weekend offers the European Rugby sequel, as we prepare for the return leg of the December double headers. While Ulster and Connacht will look to stretch their winning records over the two legs, eyes will be on both Leinster and Munster, as they strive to eliminate the woes of weekends past. Munster suffered a loss at Thomond Park against …

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The Knock-On Effects Of The Heineken Cup

Raffaelle Rocca discusses the lasting effects of the now defunct Heineken Cup, all of which have helped to promote grassroots rugby in Ireland. The Heineken Cup changed the Irish rugby landscape forever. Since it began back in 1995, 26 new rugby clubs have been formed representing growth of 11 percent and with 161,534 registered participants, the game has never been …

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It’s Been A Good/Bad Week For…

Sport can be a rollercoaster of highs and lows from week to week. Here’s a quick look back at who had a good/bad week in sport this week. Good Week Dundalk After stuttering to two draws the week before last, Dundalk needed to win at home to Cork City on Friday to win the league. They did just that finishing …

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Match Preview: Ulster Versus Toulon

Ulster face off against reigning European Champions Toulon on Saturday hoping to put last weekend’s defeat to Leicester behind them. The defeat to Leicester was the first time Ulster have lost their opening game in Europe since 2008 and Head Coach Neil Doak is keen to get the Ulstermen back to winning ways. Doak has made two changes to his …

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Rugby: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not?

It was a good week for Ulster, while Sale Sharks had one to forget. Resident rugby expert Matt Cassidy is here with this week’s instalment of Who’s Hot & Who’s Not? Who’s Hot? Ulster The Northern province head into the first round of Europe after a thumping 29-9 win over the Glasgow Warriors. The Scottish side came to Belfast with …

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Provincial Preview: Ulster Rugby

This week’s Provincial Preview sees Ulster Rugby come under the spotlight, as the province looks to put last year’s roller-coaster campaign behind them. Overview Summertime in Belfast is never dull. The usual stories and arguments over contentious parades, flags and violence pepper the media outlets leaving very little room for any other news. However, this off season, Ulster Rugby has done its …

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Tough Draw For Irish Sides For Inaugural Rugby Champions Cup

The Irish provinces have been handed very tough pools for the inaugural Rugby Champions Cup for next season. Munster have been placed in Pool 1 alongside beaten finalists Saracens, French heavyweights Clermont Auvergne and a Sale Sharks side that includes the mercurial Danny Cipriani. Saracens lost out to Toulon in May’s final 23-6 while Clermont were beaten by the same …

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Ulster, Joe Brolly, Sky & other G.A.A. Talking Points – 23rd of May

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 Sean Cremin is here to discuss this week’s main talking points from the GAA. 1. Ulster football remains competitive Ulster football is one of the provincial championships that has continued to hold its prestige since the introduction of the qualifiers. It’s by far the most competitive championship in football and last weekend showed that this year will be no different. …

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Leinster v Ulster: Five Talking Points from the RDS

Matt Cassidy is here to discuss the main talking points following Leinster’s victory over Ulster at the RDS on Saturday night. The second Pro12 semi –final was an all Irish affair as Leinster welcomed Ulster to the RDS. Glasgow were awaiting the victors of the tie courtesy of deposing Munster by one point the evening before. Leinster were looking to …

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Jimmy Gopperth and Ian Madigan could both start Rabo Final

Leinster showed grit and determination worthy of true champions to overcome a spirited Ulster side and progress to this year’s RaboDirect Pro12 Final at the RDS. In the post match press conference, Matt O’Connor admitted that both Jimmy Gopperth and Ian Madigan could get starting berths for the final following some great link-up play. Despite going behind by nine points …

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RaboDirect Pro 12 Semi-Final Teams: Leinster vs Ulster

A huge game is in store at the RDS at 7pm on Saturday night when Leinster and Ulster lock horns for a place in the RaboDirect Pro12 Final. On paper, Leinster come into the game on the back of some good results. However, in reality Matt O’Connor’s side have flattered to deceive at times and will need to perform if …

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Leinster v Ulster: Five Key Battles To Watch At The RDS

Two weeks after their battle in Belfast, Leinster and Ulster clash once more in the Pro12 semi-final at the RDS. It will be the third time in four years that both of these teams have met each other in the end of season playoffs, with the Blues emerging victorious in the previous two encounters. As well as a place in …

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