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RUGBY: Christian Lealiifano deal with Ulster is finally confirmed

Ulster Rugby have confirmed that Australian outhalf Christian Lealiifano will join on a five-month deal.

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Stuart McClosker in action against Wasps

Ulster’s McCloskey hopes for good news

Ulster remained hopeful that Irish international centre Stuart McCloskey’s hand injury would not see him sidelined for a lengthy spell.

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WATCH: Reaction after Wasps defeat Ulster 26-15 in pre-season friendly

Ulster’s first hit-out of the season ended in a 26-15 reverse at Kingspan Stadium to English Premiership side Wasps.

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Ulster  Pete  Browne scores a try against Wasps

RUGBY: Ulster stung in opening salvo of new season against Wasps

Tommy Bowe made a welcome return to the Ulster shirt on Thursday night.

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France's Gaelle Mignot and Annaelle Deshayes tackle Claire Molloy of Ireland

RUGBY: Ireland fail in bid to reach Women’s World Cup semi-final

The flair of the French was to deny Women’s World Cup hosts Ireland back-to-back semi-final appearances.

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Andrew Trimble. (Photograph by John Dickson)

RUGBY: Time for talking and excuses is over, says Trimble

Ireland winger Andrew Trimble believes the time for talk and excuses at Ulster is over and actions on the pitch must speak louder than words off it.

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Andrew Trimble wearing the new Ulster home shirt

IN PICTURES: Ulster Rugby's new kits unveiled at exclusive fans' event

Ulster Rugby unveiled its new home and away kits on Monday night at an exclusive season ticket holder event in Belfast.
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John Cooney

RUGBY UNION: Ulster’s John Cooney looks to make an impression

It could be the most daunting task in rugby having to replace Ulster’s talisman Ruan Pienaar but new scrum half John Cooney is looking forward to the challenge.

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Irelands Katie Fitzhenry and Iroha Nagata of Japan

RUGBY WORLD CUP: Ireland late show sees off rivals Japan

Hosts Ireland pulled off a dramatic late victory over Japan to make it two wins from two in the Women’s World Cup.

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Claire Molloy talks to her team in the huddle

WOMEN’S RUGBY: Ireland debut for Nicole Cronin ahead of Japan clash at World Cup

Nicole Cronin will make her Test debut as Ireland face Japan in the Women’s Rugby World Cup on Sunday.

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Ulster coach Les Kiss

RUGBY UNION: Ulster to sign Australian international

Ulster look set to confirm the signing of Australia fly-half Christian Lealiifano ahead of the new PRO14 season.

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Charles Piutau in action for Ulster

Piutau is rugby’s first million pound signing

Ulster utility back, Charles Piutau is believed to have become the first million pound signing in rugby after it was confirmed yesterday the New Zealander would join English Championship side Bristol.

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Charles Piutau in action against Ospreys.

RUGBY: Piutau to join Bristol

Ulster Rugby have confirmed Charles Piutau has agreed to join Bristol Rugby at the end of the 2017/18 season.

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France's Safi N'Diaye is tackled by Saki Mimura of Japan

WOMEN’S RUGBY: Frnech turn on style against Japan at World Cup

FRANCE 72 JAPAN 14

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2017 Women's Rugby World Cup in Dublinl and Belfast

WOMEN’S RUGBY: Ireland hold out to see off Australia in World Cup opening thriller

Ireland held out to take a crucial Group C victory over Australia as the Women’s Rugby World Cup got underway in Dublin on Wednesday night.

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Wales Sioned Harries is tackled by New Zealands Sarah Goss and Victoria Subritzky-Nafatali

WOMEN’S RUGBY: Wales steamrollered by New Zealand in World Cup opener

WALES 12 NEW ZEALAND 44

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Canada's Magali Harvey with Colleen Tjosvold of Hong Kong

WOMEN’S RUGBY: Canada just short of century in World Cup opener against Hong Kong

CANADA 98 HONG KONG 0

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USA's Kris Thomas and Maria Magatti of Italy

WOMEN’S RUGBY: World Cup opening win for USA against Italians

UNITED STATES 24 ITALY 12

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England's Kay Wilson scores a try despite the efforts of Spain's Maria Casado and Amaia Erbina

WOMEN’S RUGBY: England put down a marker with 10-try demolition of Spain in World Cup opener

ENGLAND 56 SPAIN 5

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Director of Rugby Les Kiss

RUGBY: Ulster play South African team in first game of Pro14

Ulster will face South African side the Cheetahs in the opening match of the new Pro14 season on September 1.

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