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Wednesday 31 May 2023 Dublin: 14°C

# Ulster

This year
# Preview
Ulster, Connacht and Leinster can all make the most of an intriguing day of URC action
The three provinces will all be aiming for wins today.
# Team news
Robert Baloucoune to win 50th cap as Ulster name strong side for Benetton clash
Ireland international Iain Henderson captains the province for Saturday’s trip to Italy.
# Sidelined
Ulster's Marty Moore set for MRI scan on 'significant knee injury'
The prop suffered the injury during Sunday’s URC defeat to Munster in Belfast.
Last year
# time to stand up
'We've had a bit of a wobble for 180 minutes where it seemed we just couldn’t get things going'
The doubts that are dogging Ulster right now are ones that extend to a personal level, says Nick Timoney.
# Pitch battle
'The bottom line is the decision was wrong. It could have been played at Ravenhill'
Dan McFarland fumes at decision to move Ulster-La Rochelle clash to Dublin.
# Champions Cup
Henderson: Sale whitewash hasn't undone four years of good work at Ulster
EPCR confirm that Saturday’s game will be played behind closed doors at the Aviva Stadium.
# Blow
Weather forces Ulster to move their Champions Cup game to Dublin
Game against La Rochelle will take place in Dublin tomorrow behind closed doors.
# the show must go on
Ulster taking 'every possible step' to get La Rochelle match played at Kingspan Stadium
Frost covers are in place while heaters are being brought in.
# too good
Sale open Champions Cup campaign with 6-try thrashing of Ulster
Tom Curry and Daniel Du Preez both went over in the first half at the Salford City Stadium.
# fighting back
Burns insists Ulster can bounce back from disappointment of Leinster loss
Ulster blew a winning opportunity against 14-man Leinster last Saturday.
# Ready to go
Ulster name team for Champions Cup opener
It could be a landmark game for Marty Moore, who may make his 50th appearance if called off the bench.
# mindset
'You've got to take it personally, otherwise you don't really care, do you?'
Alan O’Connor has become a leader at Ulster and knows a balance needs to be struck in the post-mortem of that damaging Leinster defeat.
# The Lowdown
Champions Cup: Why Leinster aren't Racing certainties as Munster have nothing to lose
The42′s rugby writers separate the contenders from the pretenders as European rugby’s showpiece event returns for another year.
Cullen content as Leinster's attention turns to Champions Cup matters
The Blues travel to Le Havre this Saturday to face Racing 92 after a URC victory over interprovincial rivals Ulster.
# too good
Fourteen-man Leinster storm back in second half to claim bonus-point win over Ulster
The hosts were 22-3 behind but scored 35 consecutive points on either side of the break to sensationally turn the game on its head.
# Derby
Ulster have already won Leinster's respect - but the hard work is just about to start
The top two sides in the URC meet at the RDS tonight with Leinster packing their team with players who defeated the All Blacks this summer.
# Team news
Lowe returns for Leinster as Henderson starts at 6 for Ulster
The teams have been named for tomorrow night’s URC clash at the RDS.
# mads
'Ireland is a bit of a pipe dream for me at this stage, but if I didn’t have that hope...'
33-year-old Ian Madigan is more focused on being involved with Ulster.
# emphatic
Emerging Ireland's Stewart shines as Ulster run six tries past Zebre in 21-point win
Dan McFarland’s side have moved back into second in the United Rugby Championship above the DHL Stormers.
# Podcast
ROG to England and the Irish provinces face a crucial block
Check out today’s episode of The42 Rugby Weekly podcast.
# home rule
Bonus point home wins have become the norm for Ulster but they now need to take the next step
Struggle of their players to break into Andy Farrell’s starting XV has actually worked in Ulster’s favour.
# rugby weekly extra
'Wallabies teams normally respond very well under extreme adversity'
Ex-Australia and Ulster lock Justin Harrison joined The42 Rugby Weekly Extra podcast today.
# 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.
# Road Trip
‘We are thrilled to get the win – this is a tough place to come to’
Ulster coach Dan McFarland reacts to his side’s first win in Munster since 2014.
Ulster pip Munster to record their first win at Thomond Park in eight years
Munster lost 15-14 to Ulster in the URC this evening.
# On The Road
'It's a long drive to Thomond Park, and it has always been a pretty rubbish trip back'
Billy Burns has yet to win away against Munster since joining Ulster in 2018.
# Grudge match
Munster might win respect - but the odds are still stacked in Ulster's favour
Munster take on Ulster this evening in the URC at Thomond Park.
# bug
'Quite odd' - Medical review underway on Ulster's gastro outbreak in South Africa
Glasgow also had their game against the Lions postponed.
# illness
Dan McFarland hits out at doubters as Ulster reveal extent of sickness in squad
“It’s disappointing, especially given how unwell our group was, that some chose to question the reasoning for our game to be postponed.”
# hard earned
Ulster survive late Lions onslaught for rare win in South Africa
The two sides shared 10 tries during a thrilling clash in Johannesburg.
# Hunger
Ulster's appetite for improvement is driving team forward - McFarland
Ulster have now won three out of four in this season’s URC.
Ulster thump Ospreys with six of the best
Ulster were far too strong for the Welsh side this evening – running out 30-point winners at the Kingspan Stadium.
# boks office
Ulster's move to add World Cup winner Kitshoff edges nearer completion point
Springbok is set to sign a three-year deal with the northern province.
# 10
Madigan gets his shot to show Ulster that class is permanent
The 33-year-old has had a rollercoaster of a career with some huge highs and tough lows.
# Dates For Diary
Concert moves Leinster game with Racing as Champions Cup fixtures released
Leinster, Munster and Ulster all face two Champions Cup ties before Christmas.
# Podcast
Carbery to 15, SOB to Naas, Sutherland to Ulster
Check out the latest episode of The42 Rugby Weekly.
# Eighthman
Vermeulen returns at 8 for Ulster's URC clash with the Ospreys
Ian Madigan comes in at out-half as Ulster make nine changes to their starting XV.
# experience
Ruan Pienaar and Frans Steyn start for Cheetahs against Emerging Ireland
The young Irish side look set for their toughest challenge yet in South Africa.
# Big Addition
Ulster set to sign Sutherland, still chasing Kitshoff for post-World Cup
The northern province are expected to announce the arrival of the Scotland and Lions prop.
# stepping up
Lowry ready to take leading role in Ulster backline
The 24-year-old could somehow find himself as the most experienced of Ulster’s back three for Saturday’s URC clash with the Ospreys.