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RUGBY: Ulster duo included in Ireland women’s World Cup squad

Ulster’s Ashleigh Baxter and Claire McLaughlin were named in the Ireland squad yesterday ahead of next month’s Women’s Rugby World Club which is being hosted by Ireland.

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Lions' Ken Owens speaks with referee Romain Poite

RUGBY: Reaction to the draw in Auckland after New Zealand and British & Irish Lions Test Series is shared

British and Irish Lions skipper Sam Warburton was left speechless after a 15-15 draw with New Zealand in Auckland meant the Test series was tied.

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British & Irish Lions fans before the game

RUGBY: Fans from Banbridge in Auckland for final New Zealand v British Lions Test match

There may have been no Ulster players involved the final Test series between New Zealand and the British & Irish Lions, but fans from Northern Ireland still made themselves known.

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All Blacks' Samuel Whitelock and Jonathan Sexton of the Lions

RUGBY: New Zealand and British & Irish Lions series shared after draw in Auckland

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VIDEO: Rugby legends Willie John McBride, Ray McLoughlin and Ronnie Lamont share this views on the British Lions chances against the All Blacks

Britsih and Irish Lions Willie John mcBride, Ray McLaughlin and Ronnie Lamont, took the opportunity enjoy the Irish Open on Friday.

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Golf and rugby fans all set for a mammoth sporting day at Portstewwart Golf Club

Golf and rugby fans all set for a mammoth sporting day at Portstewwart Golf Club

Following the British and Irish Lions’ dramatic win against the All Blacks in Wellington to set up a thrilling test series finale in Auckland this Saturday (8.35am), local sports fans can rest easy that they don’t have to make an ‘either or’ decision whether to watch the rugby or go the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation... they can now do both!

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RUGBY: Ulster confirm squad for 2017-18 season

The Ulster Rugby management team have confirmed the senior playing squad for next season, which features 46 fully-contracted and development players.

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Jared Payne

RUGBY: Jared Payne’s British and Lions tour over due to migraine symptons

Ireland’s Jared Payne has been ruled out of the remainder of the British and Irish Lions tour amid an uncertain recovery period owing to migraine symptoms.

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All Blacks Sonny Bill Williams was red carded

RUGBY: New Zealand v Britsih & Irish Lions - The story of the match

Sonny Bill Williams was sent off as the British and Irish Lions claimed a thrilling Test series-levelling 24-21 victory over world champions New Zealand at Westpac Stadium.

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British & Irish Lions  Taulupe Faletau scores their first try

RUGBY ANALYSIS: How British & Irish Lions roared back to send New Zealand series to a decider

The brutal British and Irish Lions turned Warren Gatland’s white flag into a massive red herring to square the Test series with New Zealand in Wellington.

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Lions Sam Warburton with Brodie Retallick of the All Blacks

RUGBY: British and Irish Lions job only half done says captain Sam Warburton

Captain Sam Warburton says the British and Irish Lions’ victory over New Zealand in Wellington will count for nothing unless they win the Test series decider next week.

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Lions' Owen Farrell kicks a penalty

RUGBY: British Lions set up Test decider after beating 14-man New Zealand

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British & Irish Lion  Iain Henderson and Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi of the Hurricanes

RUGBY: Iain Henderson admits sin-binning probably overshadowed a decent performance for British & Irish Lions

British and Irish Lions lock Iain Henderson believes his performance against the Hurricanes was “probably overshadowed by the silliness of a yellow card.”

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British & Irish Lions Tommy Seymour scores his second try against Hurricanes

RUGBY: British Lions captain Rory Best refuses to criticise referee after Hurricanes draw

Rory Best refused to criticise referee Romain Poite after the British and Irish Lions were held to a 31-31 draw by the Hurricanes in Wellington.

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Lions' Tommy Seymour scores their opening try against Hurricanes

RUGBY: British Lions let lead slip as final midweek game with Hurricanes ends in dramatic draw

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Ireland's Jared Payne was withdrawn from the British and Irish Lions' clash with the Hurricanes as a precaution after suffering a headache

RUGBY: Jared Payne a late British & Irish Lions withdrawal v Hurricanes

Ireland’s Jared Payne was withdrawn from the British and Irish Lions’ clash with the Hurricanes as a precaution after suffering a headache.

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Ireland's John Cooney breaks against Japan

RUGBY: John Cooney fired up to make his mark at Ulster

John Cooney will arrive in Belfast next month with an even bigger spring in his step.

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RUGBY: Rory Best to captain British Lions against Hurricanes

Rory Best will captain the British & Irish Lions against the Hurricanes at Westpac Stadium on Tuesday.

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Japan's Kotaro Matsushima (13) celebrates with teammate Akihito Yamada after scoring a try against Ireland

RUGBY: Ireland got a tough examination from Japan says Joe Schmidt

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt was relieved to see his side clinch a hard-fought 35-13 victory over Japan at Ajinomoto Stadium in Tokyo.

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New Zealand's Beauden Barrett is tackled by British and Irish Lions' Taulupe Faletau

RUGBY: After the phoney war ends All Blacks were too strong for British Lions in first real battle

When the trash talking finally stopped, the All Blacks wrecked the British and Irish Lions’ scrum to dump the tourists’ first Test chances in the dustbin.

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