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RUGBY: Reaction to the draw in Auckland after New Zealand and British & Irish Lions Test Series is shared

British and Irish Lions skipper Sam Warburton was left speechless after a 15-15 draw with New Zealand in Auckland meant the Test series was tied.

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British & Irish Lions fans before the game

RUGBY: Fans from Banbridge in Auckland for final New Zealand v British Lions Test match

There may have been no Ulster players involved the final Test series between New Zealand and the British & Irish Lions, but fans from Northern Ireland still made themselves known.

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Golf and rugby fans all set for a mammoth sporting day at Portstewwart Golf Club

Golf and rugby fans all set for a mammoth sporting day at Portstewwart Golf Club

Following the British and Irish Lions’ dramatic win against the All Blacks in Wellington to set up a thrilling test series finale in Auckland this Saturday (8.35am), local sports fans can rest easy that they don’t have to make an ‘either or’ decision whether to watch the rugby or go the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation... they can now do both!

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RUGBY: Ulster confirm squad for 2017-18 season

The Ulster Rugby management team have confirmed the senior playing squad for next season, which features 46 fully-contracted and development players.

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British & Irish Lions Tommy Seymour scores his second try against Hurricanes

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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