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# suftum - Wednesday 16 September, 2020

'I find it amazing the importance people put on which hospital you were born in'

Ulster head coach Dan McFarland believes who you’re with is more important than where you’re from.

# suftum - Monday 14 September, 2020

'There'll be a crowd there. Wow': Ulster look to build excitement after crushing final loss

The northern province were left deflated by Leinster’s complete dominance of Saturday’s final.

# suftum - Saturday 12 September, 2020

Ulster left deflated and rueing missed chances before Leinster hit high gears

A tight first half could have been tighter if Ulster had made the most of their penalty chances.

As it happened: Leinster v Ulster, Pro14 final

The first trophy of the restarted season is up for grabs and we’re going minute-by-minute.

# suftum - Friday 11 September, 2020

'I'm sick of hearing about when Ulster last won silverware'

Rob Lyttle was nine when his native province claimed the Celtic League and craves some silverware he can lift himself.

# suftum - Wednesday 9 September, 2020

'Big-time' Madigan on his clutch kick and feeling loved in Ulster

Ulster’s Mr Saturday Night talks through his process for a dramatic winner to set up a Pro14 final against his native province.

# suftum - Tuesday 8 September, 2020

Ulster steel themselves for 'cruel' final scenario

Dan McFarland spoke passionately yesterday about the weird occasion ahead, being written off and how Ulster worked to make sure everyone knows they ‘give a shit’.

# suftum - Monday 7 September, 2020

'To win in Dublin next weekend we'll have to take a giant step forward'

Dan McFarland’s Ulster are 10-point underdogs for the Pro14 final against Leinster.

# suftum - Saturday 5 September, 2020

Underdogs Ulster will have the bit between their teeth in Edinburgh

Dan McFarland’s side have yet to show their best since rugby restarted. Tonight’s the night they must change that.

# suftum - Monday 31 August, 2020

'We've to knuckle down, understand that simple errors kill your ability to maintain pressure'

Dan McFarland questioned whether he was putting enough emphasis on Ulster’s ball possession in contact. But he is willing to change quickly.

# suftum - Saturday 29 August, 2020

McFarland hopeful after Stockdale limps out of defeat to Leinster

The Ulster boss found reason to be optimistic through his team’s second-half showing when they pulled within a score of Leinster.

# suftum - Friday 28 August, 2020

Rob Kearney at 15 for Leinster as Madigan starts for Ulster

Both sides are qualified for the Pro14 semi-finals, but the players involved will be keen to stake a claim.

# suftum - Wednesday 26 August, 2020

More touches, more influence for Stockdale from fullback

The Ireland wing has been getting test runs at 15 for his province.

# suftum - Sunday 23 August, 2020

'That was a shadow of our normal selves'

Ulster’s first game back ‘won and lost on the sofa last night,’ says head coach Dan McFarland.

As it happened: Connacht v Ulster, Pro14

It’s time for provinces west and north to re-enter rugby and we’re going minute-by-minute.

# suftum - Wednesday 19 August, 2020

Stretched resources 'won't be an issue' if Ulster earn a packed fixture list

Dan McFarland won’t be caught complaining if Ulster force their way tosix consecutive massive matches in the six weeks ahead.

# suftum - Tuesday 18 August, 2020

McFarland laments loss of Baloucoune to horrible hamstring injury

The young wing must undergo surgery after the worst outcome to a training ground jackal.

# suftum - Friday 14 August, 2020

Four years on from Leinster departure, Madigan has all new outlook with Ulster

Ulster’s new recruit counted himself as a ‘purist’ about provincial representation. But he returns to ireland a more mature and rounded player.

# suftum - Wednesday 12 August, 2020

Addison's back continues to be a frustration, hip op had been planned for Henderson

Ulster had hoped the Ireland second row would be able to complete his recovery during sport’s shutdown, but the surgery was delayed.

# suftum - Tuesday 11 August, 2020

Hip surgery to keep Iain Henderson out beyond Ulster's Champions Cup quarter

Henderson joins Leinster’s James Ryan as recovering second row options for Ireland’s big autumn schedule.

# suftum - Sunday 3 May, 2020

'It turned out to be the best four years of my career by a country mile'

Johann Muller says David Humphreys played a huge role in making his time in Ulster such a happy one.

# suftum - Saturday 2 May, 2020

Quiz: What do you remember about Stephen Ferris' impactful career?

His career was too short, but he left an imprint all across Irish rugby.

# suftum - Saturday 25 April, 2020

'It was never a guarantee with Ireland, it was more that carrot dangling there'

Robbie Diack played for Ulster 205 times during a decade with the northern province.

# suftum - Wednesday 22 April, 2020

Ulster Rugby puts players on furlough, IRFU to top up salaries

The northern province has placed 70% of its staff onto the UK government’s job-retention scheme.

# suftum - Saturday 14 March, 2020

Madigan will return to find Ireland's out-half depth chart all the deeper

The Dubliner will face an utterly changed landscape to the one he left four years ago.

Ian Madigan coming back to Ireland as Ulster sign up 10 from Bristol

The 30-year-old has committed to a one-year deal at the Kingspan Stadium.

# suftum - Tuesday 25 February, 2020

'I backed myself to come here because I saw an opportunity' - Ulster's Johnston finding feet after Munster switch

After a somewhat frustrating start at the northern province, the Tipperary man believes there are better times over the horizon.

# suftum - Monday 17 February, 2020

'With five minutes to go it was our game': McFarland rues naive finish against lowly Ospreys

The Welsh side grabbed just their second win of the season with a late penalty.

# suftum - Wednesday 12 February, 2020

No snow days or viral videos as McFarland revs Ulster up for Pro14

The Ulster head coach is pushing for growth rather than targets as his side ramp up a challenge in two tournaments.

# suftum - Wednesday 15 January, 2020

Ulster hopeful good form is reflected in Ireland's Six Nations squad today

The northern province should have a strong contingent in Andy Farrell’s group.

# suftum - Friday 10 January, 2020

Coetzee and Murphy return to Ulster team for Clermont clash

Head coach Dan McFarland has made just two changes to the team that beat Munster last Friday.

# suftum - Friday 3 January, 2020

Cooney's sparkling form continues as Ulster run five past Munster

The scrum-half and centre Stuart McCloskey held sway in a dominant Ulster performance.

# suftum - Thursday 19 December, 2019

O'Connor brothers fill Ulster's second row for RDS clash with Leinster

Alan will make his 100th appearance for his adopted province while younger brother David earns his first start.

# suftum - Friday 13 December, 2019

Fresh perspective keeping Billy Burns on upward curve with Ulster

Ulster’s 10 is playing a huge role in the province’s form under Dan McFarland.

# suftum - Sunday 8 December, 2019

Ulster boss McFarland: 'I wouldn't consider us a top-eight team. We're definitely not there yet'

The head coach doesn’t see Ulster as one of Europe’s top-eight teams despite their promising position to qualify for the quarter-finals.

# suftum - Friday 6 December, 2019

In-house criticism and The Obstacle guiding John Cooney to peak form

The Ulster scrum-half has been among the stand-out performers in the opening rounds of Europe.

# suftum - Monday 25 November, 2019

'The training is next-level': Henderson loving the hunger instilled in McFarland's Ulster

‘It was coming from the players,” says McFarland of the highly-competitive training structure, “and then I just hammer them with it.”

# suftum - Saturday 23 November, 2019

'We knew we had to bring a fire to the game that said 'welcome to Ravenhill''

Dan McFarland’s side showed their teeth before doggedly closing out a win over Clermont.

# suftum - Friday 22 November, 2019

Cooney's match-winner years in the making Playmaker This post contains videos

Cooney's match-winner years in the making

Head coach Dan McFarland admits he was not initially confident his 9 had made the right call to go it alone.

Coetzee and Cooney to the fore as Ulster sink Clermont

Tries from Jordi Murphy and John Cooney delivered the result for Ulster.

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