If this game was billed as a friendly before it began, once the whistle was blown at the Tallaght Stadium it was anything but.
The two teams selected for this interprovincial derby proved what strong squads Leinster and Ulster now possess and they battled out in a bruising but exhilarating encounter in Dublin, which was eventually edged by the visitors 10-7.
An early converted try for Jared Payne along with a first half penalty from Ian Humphreys was enough to secure Ulster’s victory, while...
Dress it up any way you want, no game between Leinster and Ulster is just a friendly.
Snipe I think mirrors my belief of friendlies – they are training sessions against other teams. However, throw our southern cousins into the mix a week before the season begins with a handful of international players back in the fold, if you ask me there’s a little more on the line than just impressing Les Kiss with a decent individual performance.
Throw in an unfamiliar stage in the Tallaght Stadium –...
Ulster and the Exeter Chiefs played out an entertaining pre-season friendly which was eventually won by the English side 22-21 following late tries by Ceri Sweeney and Matt Jess.
Ulster had led for the majority of the game through two tries from Rory Scholes and a further score from new signing Louis Ludik, however the away side refused to give in and provided a remarkable comeback in the dying moments of the game.
New interim coach Les Kiss will not be too upset by what he saw at the Kingspan...
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Ulster have been given a tricky finish to their Guinness Pro12 season with today’s fixture release which sees them play their three play-off compatriots from last season.
Ulster’s final three matches are against interprovincial rivals Leinster and Munster at the Kingspan Stadium, while their concluding match will be at the Scotstoun Stadium against the Glasgow Warriors.
Last season’s fourth placed finishers begin their campaign away to Welsh outfit the Scarlets, who are also in their...
Following the departure of previous Director of Rugby, David Humphreys, Les Kiss has been confirmed as the new interim DOR for Ulster Rigby.
In a statement earlier today, Ulster confirmed that Les will step into the breach from July 19th.
The aim being that this will allow time for a review of the coaching structures at Ulster Rugby to take place, & to give time for the long search for a truly exceptional coach to be found later this year.
Even more welcome news to fans, a further...