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GUINNESS PRO12 RUGBY: Ulster’s play-off hopes hanging by a thread after defeat in Swansea

OSPREYS 24 ULSTER 10

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Franco Van der Merwe

ULSTER RUGBY: Van der Merwe wants big finish against Ospreys

South African lock Franco van der Merwe is hoping Saturday won’t be his last meaningful game in an Ulster shirt.

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Armagh  celebrate with the Nutty Krust Under 18 trophy after winning the floodlit Tournament. at Chambers Park. (Photo by TONY HENDRON.)

U18 RUGBY: Armagh lift Nutty Krust Floodlit Trophy

NUTTY KRUST UNDER 18 FLOODLIT TOURNAMENT

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Former Ulster director of rugby, David Humphreys

RUGBY: David Humphreys delighted as Gloucester reach European Challenge Cup final

Former Ulster director or rugby David Humphreys praised his Gloucester players as they made it through to the European Challenge Cup final with a 16-14 victory over La Rochelle.

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Rory Best talks to the players 
during the Lions Tour to Australia in 2013

RUGBY: Rory Best delighted to have another chance with British & Irish Lions

Ireland and Ulster hooker Rory Best admitted his previous British & Irish Lions tour was not what he had expected the pinnacle of his rugby career to be.

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Jared Payne

RUGBY: Ulster’s Jared Payne surprised at British & Irish Lions call

Ireland and Ulster back Jared Payne said he was hugely surprised to be included in the 41-man British and Irish Lions squad for the tour to New Zealand.

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Rory Best in action with the Lions during the Australia 2013 tour

RUGBY: British Lions call in 2017 ‘extra special’ for Best

Rory Best was left feeling ‘elated’ on Wednesday when he heard his name read out and confirmation he would be going on the British and Irish Lions Tour to New Zealand this summer.

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Iain Henderson

RUGBY: Iain Henderson braced for huge summer after British Lions selection

What was already going to be an eventful summer for Ireland and Ulster lock Iain Henderson just got bigger.

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VIDEO: British and Irish Lions touring squad in 60 seconds

The British and Irish Lions squad for the summer tour to New Zealand is revealed, with Sam Warburton taking up the captain's armband.
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Ballynahinch III celebrate Crawford Cup success

In pictures: Ballynahinch win rugby's Crawford Cup final

It was a memorable occasion for Ballynahinch RFC III at the Kingspan Stadium yesterday as they clinched the Crawford Cup title.

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Rory Best

RUGBY: Three Ulster players among strong Ireland contingent to tour with British & Ireland Lions

Three Ulster players have been named on the British & Irish Lions squad for this summer’s tour to New Zealand.

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Ballynahinch on the attack against Portadown

RUGBY: Crawford Cup success for Ballynahinch after extra-time win over Portadown

BALLYNAHINCH III 29 PORTADOWN II 20

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Ashley Finaly on the attack for Enniskillen

RUGBY: Dramatic Towns’ Cup win for Ballynahinch over Enniskillen

BALLYNAHINCH II 17 ENNISKILLEN 13

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Malone captain Darryl Maxwell celebrates with his team after they won the 2017 McCrea Cup Final between Cooke and Malone 2s at kingspan Stadium, Ravenhill Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Photograph by John Dickson | www.dicksondigital.com

RUGBY: Malone II take McCrea Cup victory against Cooke

COOKE 20 MALONE II 26

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Paddy Jackson kicks a penalty

GUINNESS PRO12: Ulster fail to take their chances and lose thriller to Munster

MUNSTER 22 ULSTER 20

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Charles Piutau scoring for Ulster in a recent PRO12 match

GUINNESS PRO12: Ulster’s Charles Piutau driven by expectation

It was a frustrating night for Ulster collectively and Charles Piutau individually against Cardiff at Kingspan Stadium last Friday.

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Andrew Trimble is tackled by Josh Navidi during the Guinness PRO12 League clash between Ulster Rugby and Cardiff Blues

GUINNESS PRO12: Andrew Trimble wants to turn tables on Ulster’s Provincial rivals

Ulster have had to live in the shadows in both Europe and Domestic competitions in recent season of Munster and Leinster.

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Ulster Rigby's Director of Rugby Les Kiss

PRO12 RUGBY: Ulster must not let further opportunities slip says Les Kiss

Director of rugby Les Kiss knows his side cannot let further opportunities slip if they want to achieve a play-off place in the Guinness PRO12 this season.

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New Zealand's  Corey Flynn

RUGBY: Big name stars revealed for Barbarians squad ahead of Belfast visit in June

Head coach Vern Cotter has named the first group of players selected by the Barbarians for the summer tour against Ulster and England.

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Dungannon's Seamus Mallon.

AIL RUGBY: Dungannon’s top four hopes over despite victory

All Ireland League Division 2B

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