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Rugby: Ulster Review of 2018

John Flack
THERE were so many trials and tribulations for Ulster Rugby in a turbulent 2018 that events on the pitch often seemed secondary to what happened off it.

Joe Schmidt's Ireland best team on planet? World Cup will tell

John Flack
IT was a year in which the rugby world sat up and took notice after Ireland's stunning first-ever win over the New Zealand All Blacks on home soil was to ensure Joe Schmidt's last full year in charge of the team was to end on an historic and gloriously successful note.

Ulster ring changes for Galway rugby clash

John Flack
ULSTER will be without Irish internationals Rory Best and Jacob Stockdale for tonight's PRO14 game with Connacht in Galway as head coach Dan McFarland makes four changes from the side that beat Munster last week.

Robert Balacoune enjoys his Ulster debut in win over Dragons

John Flack
JUST over 18 months after being on the losing side for junior outfit Enniskillen in the Towns' Cup final against Ballynahinch II, Robert Balacoune made a happier return to Kingspan Stadium on a much bigger stage on Friday night when he made an impressive debut in Ulster's 36-18 PRO14 win over the Dragons.

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