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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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Rory Best

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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Lions captain Rory Best receives a hongi after the match

RUGBY: Rory Best praises response of Lions dirt-trackers after victory over Chiefs

Rory Best insisted the British and Irish Lions drew the reaction demanded from their midweek team after the Chiefs were routed 34-6 at Waikato Stadium.

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Double World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea has been awarded an MBE for services to motorcycling.

Rea, Best and Davis recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours

Double World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea, Ireland rugby captain Rory Best and Northern Ireland skipper Steve Davis have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

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Iain Henderson

RUGBY: Ulster trio named in British Lions tour opener

Sam Warburton will captain the British and Irish Lions in their first tour match against the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians.

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Jean Deysel while playing for the Sharks

RUGBY: South African international Jean Deysel to join Ulster

Ulster Rugby has confirmed they have signed powerful Springbok back row Jean Deysel, who will arrive at Kingspan Stadium in mid-July on a two-year deal.

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Franco Van der Merwe

ULSTER RUGBY: Van der Merwe wants big finish against Ospreys

South African lock Franco van der Merwe is hoping Saturday won’t be his last meaningful game in an Ulster shirt.

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Rory Best talks to the players 
during the Lions Tour to Australia in 2013

RUGBY: Rory Best delighted to have another chance with British & Irish Lions

Ireland and Ulster hooker Rory Best admitted his previous British & Irish Lions tour was not what he had expected the pinnacle of his rugby career to be.

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Rory Best in action with the Lions during the Australia 2013 tour

RUGBY: British Lions call in 2017 ‘extra special’ for Best

Rory Best was left feeling ‘elated’ on Wednesday when he heard his name read out and confirmation he would be going on the British and Irish Lions Tour to New Zealand this summer.

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Ulster props Andy Warwick and Jonny Simpson presented the trophies to Banbridge Academys' Rugby Players of the Year, included is Coach Brian Lesley �Edward Byrne Photography INBL1715-208EB

McIntosh is tops as ‘Moe’ Simpson returns to Academy

Former Academy star Jonathan ‘Moe’ Simpson and his Ulster team-mate Andrew Warwick were the special guests at Banbridge Academy’s Annual Rugby Awards Ceremony last week.

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Andrew Trimble

GUINNESS PRO12: Andrew Trimble among several players returning from injury for Ulster

Ulster remained hopeful that international winger Andrew Trimble would be in the mix for selection ahead of their return to the Guinness PRO12 this weekend.

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Johnny McKee of Banbridge with the trophy

HOCKEY: Banbridge lift Irish Senior Cup with win over Monkstown

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RBAI captain Michael Lowry lifts the Danske Bank Ulster School's Cup after defeating Methodist College 12-8   during the St Patrick's Day Danske Bank Ulster School's Cup Final at Kingspan Stadium, Ravenhill.

RBAI secure first Schools Cup hat-trick since 1948!

Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Cup Final from Kingspan Stadium

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Andrew Magrath in action for Banbridge on Saturday. Photo by Freddie Parkinson / Press Eye

RUGBY: Derby win puts Bann back on top

With three of the five Ulster Bank AIL Division 2A games postponed last Saturday, this 27-0 bonus-point win over Belfast Harlequins saw Banbridge go back to the top of the league.

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Foyle's Dare Gill in action with Banbridge's Andrew Denver.

SCHOOLS’ CUP: Foyle College defeat Banbridge Academy in Danske Bank Trophy final

Foyle College have won the first of thise season’s Danske Bank Schools’ subsidiary competitions, lifting the Schools’ Trophy following a 15-11 win over Banbridge Academy at RS Dungannon.

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Jono Gibbes

RUGBY: Ulster confirm Jono Gibbes as new head coach from next season

Ulster have landed a major coup in attracting former All Black international Jono Gibbes to Kingspan Stadium as head coach ahead of the 2017-18 season.

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Banbridge have high hopes for league progress. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

Bann boys must stick to the plan

Daniel Soper wants his Banbridge RFC players to get back to the drawing board this weekend.

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Ulster Womens' out half Jemma Jackson. Photo by John Dickson | www.dicksondigital.com

Bann girl Jemma gets Ireland’s call

Banbridge girl Jemma Jackson can’t wait to get going as the Six Nations begins this weekend.

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