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RUGBY WORLD CUP: Ireland drawn with Scotland and hosts Japan at 2019 finals

Ireland have been pooled with Scotland at the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

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Franco Van der Merwe

ULSTER RUGBY: Van der Merwe wants big finish against Ospreys

South African lock Franco van der Merwe is hoping Saturday won’t be his last meaningful game in an Ulster shirt.

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Andrew Trimble is tackled by Josh Navidi during the Guinness PRO12 League clash between Ulster Rugby and Cardiff Blues

GUINNESS PRO12: Andrew Trimble wants to turn tables on Ulster’s Provincial rivals

Ulster have had to live in the shadows in both Europe and Domestic competitions in recent season of Munster and Leinster.

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Andrew Trimble

GUINNESS PRO12: Andrew Trimble among several players returning from injury for Ulster

Ulster remained hopeful that international winger Andrew Trimble would be in the mix for selection ahead of their return to the Guinness PRO12 this weekend.

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RBAI captain Michael Lowry lifts the Danske Bank Ulster School's Cup after defeating Methodist College 12-8   during the St Patrick's Day Danske Bank Ulster School's Cup Final at Kingspan Stadium, Ravenhill.

RBAI secure first Schools Cup hat-trick since 1948!

Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Cup Final from Kingspan Stadium

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Ulster's Andrew Trimble in action against Treviso

RUGBY: Injury blow as Andrew Trimble sidelined after hand operation

Andrew Trimble could miss Ulster’s key games in the run-in for the battle to secure a top four place in the Guinness PRO12 having undergone surgery on a hand injury.

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Andrew Trimble in action for Ulster against Benetton Treviso on Friday night

SIX NATIONS: Andrew Trimble to miss Ireland’s Championship run-in

Ireland winger Andrew Trimble will miss the last two matches in the Six Nations after breaking a bone in his hand.

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Coleraine captain Poskitt gets a big hit on his opposite number.  Photo by David McDonald.

Victory over Students leaves Coleraine in pole position

Coleraine produced a dominant bonus point win over their Ulster University neighbours on Saturday, to open up a 13 point lead in the League.

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Coleraine's Kyle McAuley stretches for the try against Academy with the referee in excellent position.  Photo by David McDonald.

Coleraine march on

Coleraine welcomed Academy Firsts on Saturday and maintained their drive towards promotion to Division One of the Championship, with a bonus point 41-6 victory over the Belfast visitors.

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Eoin Bradley celebrates his hat-trick against Carrick Rangers.  Mandatory Credit Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com

IRISH LEAGUE: Eoin Bradley eyes a big finish to the season

Eoin Bradley is looking forward to playing his part in a big finish to the season for Coleraine.

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Coleraine's Steven Dickey crosses the line for his side's second try. Photo David McDonald.

Firsts claim bonus point

Coleraine kept control of the Kukri Ulster Rugby Championship with a bonus point win over Larne at the weekend.

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Jono Gibbes

RUGBY: Ulster confirm Jono Gibbes as new head coach from next season

Ulster have landed a major coup in attracting former All Black international Jono Gibbes to Kingspan Stadium as head coach ahead of the 2017-18 season.

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Michael Stronge in action for Ballymena Academy at Dalriada

SCHOOLS’ CUP RUGBY: Ballymena Academy are made to work hard for fourth round win by Dalriada

DALRIADA 24 BALLYMENA ACADEMY 38

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Action from CGS victory over Ballyclare HS in Medallion Bowl quarter final. Picture by David McDonald

Coleraine Grammar School Medallion progress

Coleraine Grammar School Medallion progressed to the semi final of the Medallion Bowl after a convincing 31-0 win over Ballyclare High School.

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Coleraine's Adam Parke bursting through a Randalstown tackler.  Photo by David McDonald.

RUGBY: Coleraine too strong for Randalstown

Coleraine maintain number one spot in the Kukri Ulster Rugby Championship, Division 2, league following a bonus point win, away to Randalstown, at the weekend.

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Ballymena Academy captain Alexander Clarke

SCHOOLS’ CUP: Dalriada and Ballymena Academy meet in derby fourth round tie

Dalriada School will take on Ballymena Academy in a North Antrim derby Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Cup tie at the Ballymoney venue on Saturday morning (10.30am).

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Coleraine's Bokkie Carstens goes over for Coleraine's opening try. Photo by David McDonald

Coleraine are clear at the top

Coleraine secured number one spot in the Kukri Ulster Rugby Championship with a solid win over second place CIYMS on Saturday.

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Friends Adam Milligan.

SCHOOLS’ CUP: Friends and Coleraine share the spoils

Friends’ School, Lisburn and Coleraine Grammar will face a replay after an exciting 10-10 draw in the third tound of the Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Cup.

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Richard Caldwell, Danske Bank Managing Director of Personal Banking, Stephen Black, Chairman of the Schools Committee and Ulster Rugby President John McKibbin make the drawn for the Danske Bank Schools' Cup fourth round

RUGBY: Draw made for Danske Bank Schools’ Cup fourth round

The top ranked teams in this year’s Danske Bank Schools’ Cup entered at the fourth round draw stage with two set to make their exit when the ties are staged on February 4.

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Clare McLaughlin Mandatory Credit �INPHO/Dan Sheridan

McLaughlin named in squad for Wales warm-up fixture

Claire McLaughlin has been included in a 30 woman squad for this weekend’s Ireland training camp, which will also see the side play an uncapped, warm-up fixture against Wales in Donnybrook on Sunday at 2pm.

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