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Banbridge and Ballynahinch set for promotion battle

Banbridge and Ballynahinch will battle it out at Rifle Park for a place in the 1B promotion final this weekend.

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WATCH: Rob Herring's statement on behalf of Ulster players following the IRFU review decision

Senior Ulster player Rob Herring has said the group has to move on following the decision by the IRFU to revoke the contracts of Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding.

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Banbridge coach Dan Soper

AILL IRELAND RUGBY: Banbridge focused on job at hand in promotion stakes

Dan Soper has urged Banbridge to concentrate on winning their last two games and not worry about results elsewhere as the hotly contested promotion battle in Division 1B reaches its climax.

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Tom O'Toole

RUGBY: Young prop Tom O’Toole handed Ulster debut for crunch clash at Edinburgh

Ulster are set to hand a senior debut to young prop Tom O’Toole for Friday night’s crunch Guinness PRO14 game at Edinburgh.

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Rory Best will return to play with Ulster this weekend in the Guinness PRO14

RUGBY: Rory Best back to lead Ulster ahead of crucial period

Ireland’s Grand Slam Six Nations captain, Rory Best, will return to domestic action this weekend as Ulster go into the start of four huge matches in the Guinness PRO14.

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Jacob Stockdale - Six Nations player of the championship 2018

SIX NATIONS RUGBY: Jacob Stockdale named Nat West player of the 2018 Championship

Ireland wing Jacob Stockdale has reflected on "a truly memorable few weeks" after being named NatWest 6 Nations player of the championship.

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Banbridge coach Dan Soper. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

AIL RUGBY: Soper ready for business end of the season

It is a three way battle for automatic promotion in Division 1B of the All Ireland League.

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WATCH: Irish Grand Slam heroes available for Ulster, but will they face Cardiff Blues?

Ulster head coach Jono Gibbes confirmed on Tuesday that Ireland Grand Slam heroes Rory Best, Iain Henderson and Jacob Stockdale would be available for Ulster in the Guinness PRO14 game at Cardiff Blues on Saturday.

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WATCH: Jono Gibbes on Rory Best and Iain Henderson committing to Ulster

British Lion duo Rory Best and Iain Henderson confirmed contract extensions on Tuesday.

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RUGBY: Rory Best and Iain Henderson agree contract extensions

British Lions duo Rory Best and Iain Henderson have agreed new contract extensions with Irish Rugby.

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WATCH: Jacob Stockdale looks ahead to Ireland final showdown with England in the Six Nations championship

Nine years ago Jacob Stockdale was a 12-year-old boy dreaming of playing rugby for Ulster and Ireland.
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Jacob Stockdale scores the first of two tries against Scotland

IRELAND 28 SCOTLAND 8: Jacob Stockdale brace helps Ireland to win over Scotland in Dublin

IRELAND 28 SCOTLAND 8
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WATCH: Ireland captain Rory Best assesses the Welsh victory and looks ahead to Scotland

A bonus point win over Wales in Dublin, coupled with Scotland's defeat of England has Ireland on course for a Championship Grand Slam

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Ireland winger Jacob Stockdale races clear to seal the win against Wales after intercepting a pass

SIX NATIONS RUGBY: Ireland supremacy against Wales not reflected in Dublin scoreline

Ireland stormed ever closer to a NatWest 6 Nations title showdown with England by dismissing Wales 37-27 in Dublin.
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Jacob Stockdale crosses for the opening try in the Ireland v Wales game in Dublin

SIX NATIONS RUGBY: Ireland survive Welsh scare to keep Six Nations Grand Slam on track

IRELAND 37 WA;LES 27
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Ireland and Ulster rugby captain Rory Best

Rory Best is one of the great players: according to Wales’ Ken Owens

Wales hooker Ken Owens has described Ireland captain Rory Best as “a great player” ahead of Saturday’s NatWest 6 Nations clash in Dublin.

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Banbridge's ''James Hume

ALL IRELAND RUGBY: Banbridge claim bragging rights with Ballynahinch and throw title race wide open

Billed by the host club as the ‘biggest local derby in Ireland this week’, this battle between the two leading clubs in Ulster lived up to expectations.

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WATCH: Ireland captain Rory Best's reaction to Italy claim that the Irish are superior to England

Italian captain Sergio Parisse said he felt Ireland played better rugby than England after losing to both sides in the opening rounds of this year's NatWest 6 Nations Championship.

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Ireland captain Rory Best at Wednesday's Nat West 6 Nations Launch in London with the other Union captains

RUGBY: Rory Best expected to extend contract until end of 2019 World Cup

Rory Best expects to finalise a new contract with Ulster and Ireland “in the very near future”.

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Dromore's Aaron Lyttle in action with Dalriada's M Kennedy

SCHOOLS’ RUGBY: Dalriada beat Dromore High in Schools’ Cup third round

Dromore High School sufferred a 27-11 home loss to Dalriada School in the second round of the Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Cup.

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