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Iain Henderson Confirmed As New Ulster Rugby Captain

Ulster Rugby have today confirmed that Iain Henderson will take over as club captain for the 2019/2020 season following the retirement of Rory Best. The 27-year-old has previously captained the northern province on numerous occasions and brings a wealth of experience to the role having made 105 appearances for Ulster as well as having represented both Ireland and the British …

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Fixtures Released For The New Guinness PRO14 Season

PRO14 fixtures

The fixtures for the 2019/20 Guinness PRO14 season have been released by tournament officials this afternoon.  Due to the 2019 Rugby World Cup which takes place in Japan, the season will begin later than usual with the opening round taking place on the weekend of 27-28th September. Ahead of the new campaign, there has been some shake-up to the conferences …

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Setback For Ulster As New Signing Suffers Cruciate Injury

Gareth Milasinovich

Ulster have been hit with the disappointing news that their new signing, Gareth Milasinovich, has sustained an ACL tear in training.  The northern province are currently in pre-season training ahead of the 2019/20 campaign and Milasinovich, a tighthead prop signed from Worcester Warriors, will now miss nine months due to the injury. Milasinovich was expected to put pressure on Marty …

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Johnny McPhillips Departs Ulster For Leicester Tigers

Ulster out-half, Johnny McPhillips has signed a deal with Leicester Tigers and will join the English Premiership ahead of next season.  McPhillips becomes the second Irish player to move to Welford Road this summer alongside Leinster’s, Noel Reid, where they will be coached by former Irish international, Geordan Murphy. He was born in England and spent five years playing soccer …

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Sprinting Star Aaron Sexton Among Exciting Ulster Academy Intake

Aaron Sexton Ulster

Ulster Rugby have announced their Academy intake for next season and it includes Irish Schools sprint record holder Aaron Sexton.  The 18-year-old broke the Irish Schools record in the 100m and 200m recently but he has made the decision to focus on rugby full-time instead of athletics. Despite his age and that he is now only entering his first year …

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Ranking The Toughest Pool Draws Of Irish Teams In Champions Cup

Irish Teams Champions Cup

The draw for the 2019/2020 pool stages of the Heineken Champions Cup took place on Wednesday as clubs from across Europe learned their fate as to who stands between them and the knockout stages of the competition.  It’s a special year for the Irish teams as it’s the first time that all four provinces have qualified for Europe’s premier club …

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Zebo’s Munster Return & Other Talking Points From Champions Cup Draw

Champions Cup Draw

The draw for the 2019/2020 edition of the Heineken Champions Cup was made on Wednesday afternoon in Lausanne, Switzerland.  All four of the Irish provinces are competing in next season’s edition of the Champions Cup and today they learned who stands between them and European glory. Here we discuss some of the biggest talking points from Wednesday’s draw. Pool Of …

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New Look PRO14 Conferences Confirmed For Next Season

PRO14 Conferences

The PRO14 has confirmed the makeup of the two conferences for the next two seasons.  The current format of the PRO14 has been in place for two seasons with the same teams competing in the same conferences in the last two campaigns. However, officials have now confirmed that there will some shakeup ahead of the 2019/20 campaign with six teams …

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Departing Leinster Second Row Ian Nagle Signs For Zebre

Ian Nagle

Zebre have announced today that they have signed Irish second-row Ian Nagle ahead of the 2019/20 season.  Nagle was one of seven players who Leinster announced will be departing the province but it remained to be seen where he would end up. The 30-year-old has been on loan with Ulster since November where has made 11 appearances for Dan McFarland’s …

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Munster Confirm Departure Of Bill Johnston To Ulster

Munster Rugby have confirmed that out-half, Bill Johnston, is heading north to Ulster Rugby ahead of the 2019/2020 season. The Academy product has struggled for game time in the red of Munster making just 12 Guinness PRO 14 appearances and scoring 29 points. The Clonmel native made his debut for the province against Zebre two seasons ago when he was …

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The Top Performers From PRO14 Semi-Final Weekend


The Guinness PRO14 is entering its final week as the Glasgow Warriors and Leinster will battle it out for the title in Celtic Park next Saturday.  Both sides, who finished top of their respective conferences, eased to victory over the weekend. Glasgow put 50 points on Ulster on Friday night in Scotstoun and while Munster put up a fight for …

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Rory Best Bows Out Following Glasgow’s Dismantling Of Ulster

Glasgow Warriors 50 Ulster Rugby 20 Rory Best’s career in an Ulster jersey came to a disappointing end as they were defeated by Glasgow Warriors in their Guinness PRO 14 semi-final at Scotstoun. The pre-match talk centred on the return of Jacob Stockdale after the Irish international was named at full-back, however, a late injury to Robert Baloucoune meant he …

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Ulster Confirm The Signing Of Super Rugby Back Matt Faddes

Matt Faddes

Ulster have confirmed the signing of Kiwi utility back Matt Faddes.  The 27-year-old plays his rugby with the Highlanders in Super Rugby and Otago in the Mitre10 Cup. The Balclutha native made his debut for Otago in 2011 and he earned himself a spot in the New Zealand 7s squad in 2013 where he played in three tournaments. His impressive …

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A Rundown Of Ireland’s Seven European Cup Rugby Victories

Leinster are preparing for a shot at immortality this coming weekend when they go head to head with Saracens in the Heineken Champions Cup final. If Leo Cullen’s charges can come out on the right side of the result not only will they secure back-to-back European titles but they will also etch their names into the history books as European …

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The Top Performers From PRO14 Quarter-Finals


The Guinness PRO14 quarter-finals took place this weekend as Munster and Ulster secured their passage to the semi-finals where they will face away trips to take on Leinster and the Glasgow Warriors, respectively.  There was no shortage of drama between the two games and the pain of defeat will no doubt be felt by Benetton and Connacht who will both …

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