Guinness PRO 12 – Final Four Decided

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And so 12 were reduced to the ‘Final Four’ in the 2016 Guinness PRO 12. Going into the final weekend of the PRO 12v it was already confirmed that Glasgow Warriors, Connacht and Leinster had made it into the playoffs (though, at the time, not necessarily in that order) and by Saturday afternoon, an impressive 46-26 win […] READ MORE


PRO 12 Permutations

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Alright everybody, calculators at the ready – it’s time to sort out the PRO 12 Permutations! With one round of rugby left to be played, the Guinness PRO12 finds itself in rather unfamiliar territory – every game counts towards something, be that top four qualification or Champions’ Cup qualification. When the decision was taken to […] READ MORE


Ulster's Embarrassment of Riches

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Ulster’s Embarrassment of Riches in their back line is something to be marveled at. A couple of weeks ago we saw the triumphant return of Tommy Bowe. Having been sidelined during the World Cup with a knee injury, it was a long road back for the Monaghan-born winger but, after six months of gruelling rehab, […] READ MORE


The PRO 12 Run-In

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With just three rounds of Guinness PRO12 action left to navigate, it’s worth looking at the movers and shakers in the league. Who is going to make the end of season play-offs and who is going to be on the outside looking in? The PRO12 Run-In is heating up… The PRO 12 Run-In LEINSTER RUGBY […] READ MORE



Cardiff Blues v Ulster: Time For Improvement To Turn To Results

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Another week, another brave (but ultimately unsuccessful) outing in the Emerald Isle for Danny Wilson’s men. Despite obvious signs of improvement (more on that later), the Pro 12 table makes for familiar reading with the Blues languishing in 9th place with just one victory in their opening five fixtures, that coming against the Italian whipping […] READ MORE


PRO 12: Breaking Down The Stats

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Statistics – you either love them or you hate them. There are those who will analyse the stats down to the last detail and make assumptions based on them, while there are others who will rely on their hearts and simply go with their gut – everyone has their preference. But stats don’t lie. PRO […] READ MORE


Pro12 Preview: Ulster

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Pro12 Preview: Ulster Head Coach: Neil Doak Captain: Rory Best Stadium: Kingspan Stadium, Belfast (18,500 capacity) Key Player: Ruan Pienaar Last Season: 4th (lost in play-off to Glasgow Warriors) Ulster are, unfortunately, adopting the role of rugby’s bridesmaids more and more as the years go by. Three Pro12 play-off defeats, a Pro12 Grand Final defeat […] READ MORE


Irish Provinces Review after Week 22 of Pro 12

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Week 22 of Pro 12 saw Munster secure a second place finish and a home semi-final with a convincing win over Newport Gwent Dragons. An understrength Ulster lost against Glasgow Warriors. Leinster finished their season with an away win in Edinburgh while Connacht’s top six hopes ended as they lost to the Ospreys at the […] READ MORE


Nevin Spence: A Memorial

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The 26th of April marked what would have been Nevin Spence's twenty fifth birthday. The young Ulster player cruelly taken from his family with his father and his brother. His sister only narrowly escaped the horrific events on his family farm in County Down. READ MORE