Ulster defeated Ospreys 27-26 in a thrilling contest. First-half tries by Stephen Ferris and Darren Cave, plus six kicks by Niall O’Connor, proved just enough. After Ferris got the opening try, Richard Fussell overlapped for the first Ospreys touchdown but Cave put Ulster 18-16 ahead at half-time. Centre Andrew Bishop hacked the ball on for […]

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Ireland lock Paul O’Connell and hooker Rory Best were ruled out of their team’s end-of-season rugby tour of New Zealand and Australia on Friday because of injury – they’ll have to watch from the England Rugby Hospitality zone instead.

British and Irish Lions captain O’Connell has a groin injury that has not responded sufficiently to intravenous antibiotics and Best has an ankle problem.

The duo are replaced in coach Declan Kidney’s 33-man squad by the uncapped pair of Ed O’Donoghue and John Fogarty.

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IRFU Disputes Advert

The Irish Rugby Football Union has called for the withdrawal of a crisp maker’s advert describing the company as “proud sponsors of Irish rugby”.

The Largo Foods poster for Hunky Dorys crisps features a woman in a low-cut vest leaning over a rugby ball and asking, “Are you staring at my crisps?”

IRFU lawyers have contacted the Advertising Standards Authority of Ireland over the “misleading claims”. Largo Foods admitted it sponsored Navan Rugby Club and not the Irish team.

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Ferris Ruled Out

Stephen Ferris is in serious danger of missing Ireland’s Tests against New Zealand and Australia next month after suffering a broken cheekbone. Ferris sustained the injury in Ulster training on Tuesday and is expected to be ruled out for six to eight weeks. An Ulster Rugby statement said that Ferris would require surgery. Ireland will […]

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Munster Hailed before Semis

The Celtic Tiger may seem as endangered as its sabre-toothed predecessor right now, but some examples of Irish success still prowl.

Two Irish teams play in rugby’s Heineken Cup semifinals this weekend: Leinster, which visits Toulouse, is the current holder but it is Munster, which play Biarritz in San Sebastian on Sunday, that is the true phenomenon.

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We Need an Ireland Fan

We’re on the lookout for an Irish Rugby fan who has strong views and can write a bit! If you want to blog about your favourite national side here, then send us a sample of your work đŸ™‚ (site [at] isport-media.com)

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