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Friday 9 June 2023 Dublin: 13°C

# Ulster

This week
4th June 2023 - 9th June 2023
# New Role
'He will be great for our talented crop of young players' - Former Ireland star joins Scarlets
Jared Payne appointed backs and attack coach at Welsh club.
Last week
28th May 2023 - 3rd June 2023
# Changes
URC set to finish next season with round of derby games for Irish sides
Proposed change in scheduling would also see South Africans reducing trips north.
# suftum
'Maybe that leads to a bit of disgruntlement. You're always going to get that'
Ulster CEO Jonny Petrie backed Dan McFarland to drive the province on towards a trophy.
Last month
May 2023
# Showpiece
TG4 to broadcast URC final as fixture details confirmed
Leinster, Munster and Connacht are all still vying for a place in the decider.
# hot prospect
Ulster's Tom Stewart wins Next-Gen Player of the Season accolade
The award is open to players under the age of 23 who have won no more than five international caps.
Connacht rock the URC with stunning win over Ulster to reach semi-finals
Andy Friend’s men were thoroughly deserved winners and will now travel to South Africa.
# former apprentice
Connacht's Blade keen to best old mentor Cooney in interpro quarter-final
The scrum-half also saluted departing head coach Andy Friend – but said that he’s not ready to thank him just yet.
# Closing In
Andy Friend insists pressure is on Ulster as he nears Connacht exit
Return of key internationals also give province cause for optimism.
April 2023
# going west
Connacht to loan hooker Moore and scrum-half McDonald from Ulster next season
‘Declan and Michael’s arrival next season gives us further depth in two specialist positions,’ said Connacht head coach Pete Wilkins.
# staying north
Ulster forwards coach Roddy Grant extends contract to 2025
Grant moved to Ulster in 2019.
# Last Eight
URC confirm quarter-finals details with Munster set for Saturday night trip to Glasgow
Ulster and Connacht will meet on Friday, 5 May, with Leinster hosting the Sharks at Aviva Stadium the following day.
# Permutations
Here's what the Irish provinces need heading into final round of URC fixtures
All four provinces are in action as the URC reaches the final round of regular season fixtures.
# Exit strategy
Craig Gilroy keen to move abroad after confirming Ulster exit
‘All good things must come to an end,’ Gilroy confirmed on Tuesday.
# not content
Ulster coach demands more ruthlessness despite six-try triumph
Assistant Dan Soper said the province weren’t content even after going second in the United Rugby Championship.
# comprehensive
Record-breaker Stewart delivers hat-trick as Ulster slay Dragons
The hooker broke the URC’s single-season try-scoring haul by crossing twice from mauls and adding another from open play.
# Ready to go
Ulster make 6 changes for Dragons clash
The province have several players unavailable for the upcoming game.
# Signed Up
Ulster confirm new contracts for Cooney and Stockdale
Both players have agreed new deals which will keep them at the Kingspan Stadium until 2025.
# Commitment
Jake Flannery among three more players to extend contracts with Ulster
The 23-year-old will remain at the northern province until 2026.
# Moving On
Dan Goggin set for move abroad as Munster confirm centre's departure
Limerick native leaves Munster after making 81 appearances for the province.
# Munster
Munster, Ulster and Connacht must pick themselves up quickly after European exits
The three provinces can’t afford to let the disappointment of last weekend carry into the final two rounds of regular season URC fixtures.
# Time to say goodbye
'Looking forward to next chapter' - Jordi Murphy announces retirement
Murphy departs after earning 30 caps for his country.
# Influence
'It drives you to be the best' - Treadwell hoping Ireland experience can help Ulster
The second row came on from the bench in the Grand Slam clincher against England.
This year
# Preview
Huge weekend for Irish provinces as European Cup rugby returns with a bang
All four provinces are in action on Saturday.
# Leo Cullen
'It can all be over very quickly' - Cullen wary ahead of Leinster-Ulster Champions Cup derby
The two provinces are set for a Champions Cup round of 16 Irish derby on Saturday.
# Explainer
All to play for as provinces head into final rounds of URC regular season
All four Irish teams are back in URC action this weekend.
Referees confirmed for Champions Cup round-of-16 clashes
The matchups include Leinster v Ulster and Cell C Sharks v Munster Rugby.
# Report
Ulster's strength comes to fore as forwards dominate Sharks
Dan MacFarland’s side secured a well-earned 31-24 victory in Durban.
# suftum
Ulster include Stewart and Stockdale in team to face Glasgow
Academy back row Harry Sheridan also continues at blindside for Dan McFarland’s side.
# hot shot
Ireland call up Ulster hooker Stewart amid injury concern for Kelleher
The 22-year-old Belfast native has been excellent for the northern province.
# Competition
The URC is becoming a less forgiving place as Irish provinces feel more heat
Leinster have continued as before but the other three provinces are battling.
# Reaction
McFarland: 'I quite fancy Leinster - challenge yourself against the best'
Dublin date against Leinster looks set to be Ulster’s reward for booking their place in the Champions Cup last 16.
# 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.
# Preview
Munster chasing back-to-back Interpro crowns as Leinster take on Ulster
The Women’s Interprovincial title race could be decided this weekend.
# rally
Vermeulen: Ulster should 'leave their stuff and walk away' if they don't believe they can top Europe
The Springbok, meanwhile, batted away questions on his own future with the northern province.
# Injury blow
Ulster without Luke Marshall and Iain Henderson for must-win game with Sale Sharks
Pair were injured during narrow loss to La Rochelle last weekend.
# Tough Times
Ulster show signs of life in La Rochelle dogfight as knock-out clash with Sale looms
Nick Timoney believes the province are ‘on the verge of getting back into our groove.’
# 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.
'Ronan is really a competitor. He changed the mindset of the team'
The Irishman’s influence was hailed after La Rochelle beat Ulster at the death.
# 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.
# les maritimes
ROG, Ryan, and Dillane look to pile more pain onto Ulster
The Irishmen have made a home in the lovely seaside town of La Rochelle.