Ulster took a huge step towards the semi-finals of the Guinness PRO12 with a commanding 30-6 win over interprovincial rivals Leinster at the Kingspan Stadium.
A controversial penalty try in the first half along with tries from Jared Payne and Paddy Jackson, who added 13 points with the boot, were enough to see the hosts pick up the four match points.
Leinster were thoroughly outplayed, their only points coming from the boot of Jonathan Sexton, by a well-drilled and resolute Ulster defence that...
Firstly, we must reflect on the fantastic contribution Nick Williams has made to Ulster Rugby.
The replacement for Pedrie Wannenburg, Williams’ signing was one that was met with much scepticism within supporters’ circles given his ill-fated time with Munster and Aironi. However he silenced all those doubters with a barnstorming first season that saw him named PRO12 Player of the Year in 2012/13, which was then rewarded with a new contract with us.
A player whose head-banging ferocity drew...
Ulster have today confirmed that Kiwi number eight Nick Williams has played his final game for the province as he requires surgery on a labral tear in his shoulder.
Williams was unsuccessful in his attempt to rehabilitate the shoulder injury picked up against Glasgow a few weeks ago meaning he will play no further part this season before departing for the Cardiff Blues in the summer.
There was also bad news for lock Alan O’Connor who underwent surgery for a dislocated shoulder ten days ago...
Jared Payne scored three of Ulster’s seven tries as they demolished Zebre 47-17 at the Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi to move back into the top four of the Guinness PRO12 at the expense of the Scarlets.
Ruan Pienaar and Craig Gilroy also crossed for tries for Les Kiss’ side while there were also two scores for the returning Tommy Bowe who made his first start of the season for his province on his return from injury.
Guglielmo Palazzani, who was also sin binned for the hosts, and Ulrich Beyers...
Alright, we are back on track.
The Connacht match could have been a banana skin if we weren’t careful so to pick up the win and deny them a bonus point even when we weren’t firing on all cylinders is a vital result for us. Combined with the Scarlets’ surprise home defeat to the Cardiff Blues and Leinster squeaking home against Munster, it puts us in a great position to launch an assault on the top four and hopefully snatch a semi-final spot from one them – more than likely the...
Ulster have moved to improve their long-term planning at fly-half by announcing the signing of Brett Herron from Bath and that Ireland U20 fly-half Johnny McPhillips has been upgraded to a development contract.
Herron, a product of prestigious rugby school Wellington College, made his debut for Bath United in 2014 and was marked as one of their most promising talents. The Irish-qualified 20-year old has also featured for the England U18 side.
McPhillips, 19, is coming close to completing his...