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Thursday 2 February 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# suftum

Last month
January 2023
# suftum
Ulster show teeth to salvage European season (but Leinster likely to await in last 16)
Ulster trailed 11-8 before running out 22-11 winners against the Sale Sharks.
# Dan the Man
'I love my job' says Ulster's McFarland amid links to Leicester job
Meanwhile, Iain Henderson was injured just days before Ireland’s Six Nations squad is named.
# suftum
'They won that game, I don't think we lost that game. I was 100% proud'
Ulster boss Dan McFarland believes his side should have had a penalty try against La Rochelle.
# last gasp
Heartbreak for Ulster as O'Gara's La Rochelle win with the clock in the red
Dan McFarland’s side nearly, nearly pulled off a big win against the reigning champions.
Last year
2022
# the spicy plum
Ulster confirm signing of Springbok star Steven Kitshoff
The World Cup winner, who earned his 73rd South African cap against Ireland on Saturday, will head for Belfast next season.
# suftum
The Ulster depth chart: Under-the-radar signings and Stockdale's return
Youngsters like Nathan Doak will be pushing for first-choice status this season.
# suftum
Henderson hungry for Ulster to end 'incredibly frustrating' few years
The 30-year-old missed Ireland’s series success against New Zealand due to injury.
# Homecoming
'Simplicity is key' as Ulster's Springbok Vermeulen looks to add to his winnings
Duane Vermeulen faces his former Stormers side in tomorrow’s URC semi-final.
# suftum
'It would be the highlight of our careers if we were able to do something special this year'
Iain Henderson has a burning desire to finally get over the line with Ulster.
# SUFTUM AND FIGHT
Ulster's European exit 'lights a fire under' Marty Moore and Co
‘It’s frustrating but it’s not devastating,’ the tighthead prop says.
# suftum
Cooney looks to Clermont win for inspiration ahead of big test against Dupont and Toulouse
‘It gives us massive confidence going to a big team, knowing we can come away with the win which we haven’t done in years gone by.’
# new recruit
Ulster announce signing of towering French-based Limerick lock
Frank Bradshaw Ryan will join the northern province this summer on a one-year deal.
# Interview
Ulster's O'Sullivan focusing on playing 'better rugby' rather than Ireland ambitions
Eric O’Sullivan won his first Ireland cap last Autumn, but since then things haven’t transpired quite how he would have expected.
# Homegrown
'These youngsters are at a time when they believe they are invincible'
Ulster boss Dan McFarland was delighted with his young backline’s impact against Northampton.
# suftum
Lowry and Baloucoune shine as Ulster advance into Champions Cup knock-outs
Dan McFarland’s men played some superb attacking rugby as they beat Northampton 24-20.
# suftum
Up-and-down Ulster strive to get momentum rolling again in Northampton
Nathan Doak and Stewart Moore make their first European starts in a youthful backline.
# suftum
Billy Burns hopes to bounce back and stake Ireland claim with big Thomond show
Recent Covid postponements brought disappointment for Ulster’s No.10.
All time
# suftum
10 the 'long-term option' for Lowry at Ulster, but he's just happy to be on the pitch
Michael Lowry has excelled at full-back of late, as the debate rages on.
# Dan McFarland
'This is the centre of our world but the centre of so many peoples' worlds are disrupted'
Ulster head coach Dan McFarland says the current Champions Cup situation is ‘frustrating,’ but his side will ‘go with the flow’.
# suftum
'They have superstar players who make superstar plays - but we have the tools to win'
Dan McFarland’s Ulster face Clermont Auvergne at Stade Marcel-Michelin this weekend, hoping to get another monkey off their back.
# suftum
Nine tries and two yellow cards as Ulster kick off with a bonus point win over Glasgow
Dan McFarland’s men held on for victory in front of 15,000 fans at Kingspan Stadium.
# suftum
Ulster hammer Saracens to end pre-season on a high
Dan McFarland’s side recorded a 33-3 win in London.
# suftum
Madigan at out-half among seven changes for Ulster's final game of the season
Dan McFarland’s side face Edinburgh tomorrow.
# mixed emotions
'Tough reviews' helping Ulster learn from big game shortcomings, says Jones as he targets more
Greg Jones: ‘I genuinely believe that the experience we’ve had in the last year and the way we have actually learned about them will definitely stand to us.’
# Regrets
'You don’t move on from this quickly. It was a chance to be in a European final'
Dan McFarland felt Ulster’s kicking game in the third quarter cost them in Leicester.
# suftum
Henderson absent again as Ulster side to face Northampton Saints is unveiled
Head coach Dan McFarland has selected an unchanged starting XV from the win over Harlequins.
# suftum
Mixed update from Ulster as Izuchukwu to undergo scan and Henderson to be 'monitored'
The northern province face Northampton Saints in Saturday’s Challenge Cup quarter-final.
# Reunion
'He knows his own mind and I admire that about him' - McFarland on Flannery ahead of European showdown
The pair played together at Connacht at opposite ends of their respective careers.
# suftum
'If you're an All Black, you know your rugby': Ulster ready to learn from skills coach Newby
Three-time capped All Black Craig Newby is the newest face in Dan McFarland’s backroom.
# Team news
Stockdale reverts to fullback, Lowry at 10 as Ulster name side to face Dragons
Dan McFarland has named a much-changed side for tomorrow night’s clash in Cardiff.
# suftum
Coetzee and Baloucoune return to Ulster starting XV to face Leinster
Head coach Dan McFarland has made a total of four personnel changes for the game at Kingspan Stadium.
# Bouncing Back
'A shock to the system': Baloucoune relieved to see action after injury nightmare
The 23-year-old had to wait a year between Ulster appearances due to a hamstring avulsion last summer.
# Back in business
Lowry helps Ulster beat Glasgow, but no bonus point for McFarland's men
Jordi Murphy got his Ulster captaincy off to a winning start.
# suftum
Ulster well placed to keep the heat on Leinster in hunt for top spot
Tonight’s game at Glasgow is the province’s first outing in six weeks.
# suftum
Ireland trio released from Six Nations duty to start for Ulster in Glasgow
For their first outing in six weeks, the northern province will be captained for the first time by Jordi Murphy.
# Baller
Ulster sign prodigiously-talented Fiji lock Leone Nakarawa
Meanwhile, Ian Madigan and Rob Herring have signed up to two-year extensions.
# Prospect
20-year-old McIlroy one of the big winners of the inter-pro series
The Ulster wing has shown his promise in three starts over recent weekends.
# make or break
James Ryan treating Ulster clash as an early 'cup final'
The second row admits it’s ‘surreal’ but the games importance is writ large for the reigning champions.
# Showdown
Leinster poising to bounce back against 'the best team in the Pro14'
Leinster are in the unfamiliar position of looking up at Ulster in the standings ahead of Friday’s showdown.
# northern lights
'Are we a better team than Leinster? Are we good enough? We can do it, definitely'
Dan McFarland and Ulster’s attention switched to the RDS immediately after last night’s win over Munster.