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January 2023
# big ben
Healy the hero as Munster snatch dramatic win away to Ulster
The Tipperary native came off the bench to switch the game in Munster’s favour.
Last year
2022
# 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.
# 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.
# 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.
# Rocked
Stockdale remaining 'upbeat' as he awaits results of scan after latest ankle injury
The Ulster wing has only returned from an ankle problem that sidelined him for almost 12 months.
# Luke Who Is Back
'There were times when I was frustrated and was thinking I'm done here'
Luke Marhsall has bounced back from a career-threatening knee injury and wants to make it two wins from two for Ulster today.
# Fit and Firing
Ulster's Baloucoune raring to go after disappointment of missing New Zealand tour
The winger missed the summer tour due to a hip injury.
# Best Laid Plans
Cancelled pre-season game means Ulster prep for URC hasn't been ideal
Last weekend’s clash against Glasgow was called off after the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
# stock future
'He looks in the best shape he’s been in, in the four or five years I’ve been here'
Ulster assistant coach Dan Soper is excited to see 35-cap Ireland international Jacob Stockdale return to action after a year out.
# Golf
Leona Maguire star of the show on day one in Antrim and sparkles with finish
Maguire carded a five-under 68 at Galgorm Castle and sits tied for second place.
# Star
'People take a saint's name for their confirmation, and I met a little girl recently that took Leona instead'
The Cavan woman leads the charge at this week’s ISPS HANDA World Invitational.
# Irish Open
Flake shortages, GAA jerseys and a pulsating finish
Shane Lowry finished as the best of the Irish at Mount Juliet.
# Golf
No longer a bridesmaid, Meronk blazes a trail for Polish golf
Adrian Meronk lifted the brand-new Irish Open trophy today.
# Business end
Mount Juliet set for exciting finale despite disappointing showing from Irish stars
2020 champion John Catlin set the early pace with the lowest round of the day.
# Golf
Irish Open: Drama at its finest as Lowry rises like Lazarus
It was a thrilling finish for the Offaly man at Mount Juliet.
# Home Soil
Irish Open: Crowds turn out for Lowry, Power and co. but unlikely names steal the show
Adam McKendry sets the scene from day one at the Irish Open.
# seamus power
From watching idols as a steward to playing alongside them - Irish Open memories
‘This is something that’s been special for a long time, and it will be forever, for the rest of my career.’
# Irish Open
Shane Lowry: 'I'd love myself to be the Irishman to do well'
The 2009 winner is looking for a big week at Mount Juliet.
# Cooney
'It's a big year for us - it's one of the best teams we've had since I've been here'
The Ulster scrum half is anxious to deliver a trophy for his adopted province – five years after he joined them.
# 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.
# Sidelined
Facial injury leaves Ulster's Mike Lowry a doubt for New Zealand tour
Andy Farrell is expected to name his Ireland squad for the summer tour next week.
# Focused
'We still have plenty left in the tank' - Burns braced for Munster challenge
Ulster take on Munster in a URC quarter-final meeting in Belfast this evening.
# Ready to Rock
Moulding midfield partnership with Hume and 'doing stuff differently' for another Munster showdown
The sides will meet in the URC quarter-final on Friday.
# long-term health
'I'll always be guided by science' - Ulster stand down Marty Moore after multiple concussions
The tighthead prop will miss the remainder of the season due to multiple head injuries.
# Reaction
'It wasn't very comfortable for a few minutes' - McFarland pleased despite nervy Ulster finish against Sharks
Ulster secured a home quarter-final with a 24-21 win in Belfast.
# Home Advantage
Ulster survive late scare against Sharks to secure home URC quarter-final
Dan McFarland’s side led by 17 points with four minutes left on the clock but conceded two late scores.
# be like mike
'If you read a negative comment that will be the one that gets stuck in your head'
It’s been a meteoric rise for Ulster’s Mike Lowry.
# watch your six
'Full steam ahead' for Ulster as Rea prepares for battle with Springbok skipper Kolisi
‘It will be very much a one-on-one battle and trying to limit him to very little, hopefully.’
# looking ahead
Ulster 'refocused pretty quickly' after Munster and Toulouse losses as URC prizes beckon
Ulster head coach Dan McFarland says it was difficult to watch Champions Cup quarter-finals and semi-finals after his side’s loss.
# Under Pressure
Ulster aiming to end miserable run
For flanker Nick Timoney, it is an opportunity he is relishing.
# Red Hand
'No-one's pointing fingers' - Ulster focused on getting back to winning ways, says Alan O'Connor
The northern province travel to Edinburgh tomorrow.
# High hopes
'We're just not playing good enough rugby' - Ulster looking ahead after Munster disappointment
The province’s Craig Newby insists the squad are still excited looking ahead for the rest of the season.
# all out
Birthday boy Murphy hoping to recover from European heartbreak with Munster showdown
Ulster will host the southern province tonight in a crucial URC clash.
# 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.
# Roddy Grant
Focus on technique and fitness - not rule changes - to avoid red cards
Ulster assistant coach Roddy Grant knows that players need to be ‘on the money’ to keep out of disciplinary trouble.
# lesson
Narrow margin from first leg proved costly for Ulster, says McFarland
‘We should have won by 13 points last week,’ said the northern province’s head coach.
# Thriller
Heartbreak for Ulster amid enthralling contest as Toulouse set up Munster showdown
The two sides left everything on the pitch in search of a quarter-final place.
# Northern Exposure
Brain as important as brawn as Ulster plot trophy tilt, insists settled Duane Vermeulen
The Red Hand host Toulouse in Belfast tonight.
# Format
''The feeling at the end of the game is an odd one' - McFarland not a fan of two-legged European ties
Ulster must do battle with Toulouse again in their bid to progress to the last eight of the Heineken Champions Cup.