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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Johnny McKee of Banbridge with the trophy

HOCKEY: Banbridge lift Irish Senior Cup with win over Monkstown


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

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.

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.

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 |

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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VIDEO: Ireland captain Rory Best looks ahead of the Six Nations Championship

Ireland enter the RBS 6 Nations brimming with confidence after a first win over New Zealand in November, and seeing off Australia, South Africa and New Zealand in a calendar year.

Enniskillens Andrew Crawford in action against Dromore.

SCHOOLS CUP: Enniskillen end Dromore’s hopes

Dromore High School, in their first year of playing in the Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Cup, were unable to extend their stay in the competition after going out against Enniskillen Royal Grammar School in the Third Round.

Richard Caldwell, Danske Bank Managing Director of Personal Banking, Stephen Black, Chairman of the Schools Committee and Ulster Rugby President John McKibbin make the drawn for the Danske Bank Schools' Cup fourth round

RUGBY: Draw made for Danske Bank Schools’ Cup fourth round

The top ranked teams in this year’s Danske Bank Schools’ Cup entered at the fourth round draw stage with two set to make their exit when the ties are staged on February 4.

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Banbridge's Josh Cromie is available again alongside Andrew Magrath. INBL1602-241PB

RUGBY UNION: Banbridge must react to get title tilt on track

Banbridge RFC Head Coach Daniel Soper is demanding a reaction from his players after a disappointing performance last weekend.

Timmy Beattie driving forward for Banbridge Academy in Saturday's 2-2 draw against Dromore High. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

SCHOOLS’ CUP: Honours even between Banbridge Academy and Dromore High in landmark tie

A bumper derby crowd turned out to back Banbridge Academy and Dromore High School - with the students serving up a tough tussle that finished honours even at 8-8.

Banbridge Academy captain Toby Baxter is gearing up for his side's Schools' Cup opener against Dromore High School.

SCHOOLS’ CUP: Exciting derby as Banbridge Academy host Dromore

Banbridge Academy will host their near neighbours from Dromore High School in a Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Cup Round 2 game that is sure to fire the imagination of the Mid-Down Schools’ Rugby supporters tomorrow.

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Ireland vs Australia 
Irelands Jared Payne and CJ Stander try to keep a maul up
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Payne ruled out for three months with kidney injury

Ireland and Ulster centre Jared Payne has been ruled out for the next three months with a kidney injury.

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