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  • Rugby World Cup: The best XV - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
    an absolute menace on the deck While he may no longer be captain of his country he continues to be a consummate leader Elsewhere Louis Picamoles was the best of what was a largely abject bunch for France and Taulupe Faletau was one of a group of Welshmen who deserved better than a quarter final exit Notable mentions Louis Picamoles France Taulupe Faletau Wales 9 Aaron Smith New Zealand The undisputed best scrum half in the world was the pick of the bunch at the tournament and was a key component to the New Zealand victory Maybe just a touch below his incredible best his speed of pass accuracy of box kicks and ability to snipe around the fringes set the platform for Steve Hansen s men to succeed Greg Laidlaw for Scotland was an effective nine talismanic leader and reliable goalkicker while Fourie du Preez was again a steadying hand for a South African side rocked by defeat to Japan in their first game Notable mentions Greig Laidlaw Scotland Fourie du Preez South Africa 10 Dan Carter New Zealand If the team was to have been picked after the pool stages then few would have had Carter in the ten jersey but the fly half put an indelible stamp on the tournament during its knock out stages With his time in international rugby coming to an end ahead of a move to Racing Metro Carter below held off the Australian comeback on Saturday with a memorable drop goal and long distance penalty while his contribution against South Africa in the semis was also crucial Dan Bigger and Bernard Foley were both utterly indispensable in seeing their sides through the Pool of Death Notable mentions Dan Biggar Wales Bernard Foley Australia 11 DTH van der Merwe Canada The battle for the number 11 jersey was hugely competitive but it was unexpectedly the Canadian speedster DTH van der Merwe who impressed most His side may not have made much of an impact but his try against Italy was a superb effort while he also crossed the whitewash against Ireland France and Romania The Scarlets man is a real talisman for his country Julian Savea s bulldozing runs especially against the French drew comparisons with the great Jonah Lomu while Ireland felt the full force of Juan Imhoff in their quarter final loss Notable mentions Julian Savea New Zealand Juan Imhoff Argentina 12 Ma a Nonu New Zealand The rampaging centre was in the final days of his Test career but can make a real claim to being the back of the tournament Far from just a battering ram although his power is always eye catching he has added guile to a skillset that continues to just get better and better Won his 100th cap during the tournament while his try in the final was a memorable way to finish what has been a great All Blacks career Juan Martin Hernandez such a star in 2007 was again at his best on

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  • It is the worst injury pain I've had: Paul O'Connell - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
    at the Aviva I remember him trying to get up so I was thinking of myself on the ground and I d only pulled a hamstring so I thought I better get up But it was too sore And then when the physio and the doctor came on I was thinking the same again that I ve only pulled my hamstring I surely don t need to be stretchered off I ve never been stretchered off in my career so I got up but that was too sore and I went back down and I got stretchered off It was a sorry way for O Connell s glittering 13 year international career to come to an end and while he also ruled himself out of the 2017 Lions tour Toner reckons that such is his professionalism the Limerick native will be back in action sooner than people think Toner added I wouldn t be surprised if it s five or six months to be honest He follows his protocols religiously he s the most professional man you d ever come across and I think he ll do everything 110 120 If he s hitting his targets towards the end of the season then I think he ll do his best to get back to be honest because I think he s got a lot of pressure on his shoulders there in Toulon and he ll want to impress there as well From the web Sponsored Videos Your Comments COMMENT RULES Comments that are judged to be defamatory abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator s decision is final It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases tribunals and active legal investigations We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse Problems with commenting customercare belfasttelegraph co uk Powered by Livefyre Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Livefyre Read More Rugby World Cup New Casement Park will capture the world By Steven Beacom The Northern Ireland Executive are planning to intensify their efforts to bring the 2023 Rugby World Cup to the island and believe a redeveloped Casement Park can swing next year s vote in Ireland s favour Dan Carter gets the vote after world domination By Sam Buckett The public have crowned New Zealand rugby union superstar Dan Carter as BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year after the award was decided by a public vote for the first time Rugby referee Nigel Owens I didn t want to be gay I considered chemical castration Rugby World Cup final referee Nigel Owens has admitted he considered being chemically castrated when he struggled to accept his sexuality The world s best XV rugby players from Pocock and Burger to Carter and Nonu By Jonathan Bradley The curtain has finally lowered on what will go

    Original URL path: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sport/rugby/world-cup/it-is-the-worst-injury-pain-ive-had-paul-oconnell-34163983.html (2016-02-15)
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  • Rugby referee Nigel Owens: 'I didn't want to be gay... I considered chemical castration' - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
    because we don t want to live our lives without you I was an only child I sat up in bed that night and I cried I thought to myself that I need to grow up here That s when I accepted who I was and that was the biggest challenge of my life over with Irish Independent From the web Sponsored Videos Your Comments COMMENT RULES Comments that are judged to be defamatory abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator s decision is final It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases tribunals and active legal investigations We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse Problems with commenting customercare belfasttelegraph co uk Powered by Livefyre Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Livefyre Read More Rugby World Cup New Casement Park will capture the world By Steven Beacom The Northern Ireland Executive are planning to intensify their efforts to bring the 2023 Rugby World Cup to the island and believe a redeveloped Casement Park can swing next year s vote in Ireland s favour Dan Carter gets the vote after world domination By Sam Buckett The public have crowned New Zealand rugby union superstar Dan Carter as BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year after the award was decided by a public vote for the first time The world s best XV rugby players from Pocock and Burger to Carter and Nonu By Jonathan Bradley The curtain has finally lowered on what will go down in history as the greatest World Cup ever Rugby World Cup The best XV Rugby correspondent Jonathan Bradley selects his team of the tournament Most Read Most Shared Most Commented Rugby World Cup New Casement Park will capture the world World Cup Ireland s 2023 Rugby World Cup bid could end up costing 120m World Cup Ireland will host Women s Rugby World Cup 2017 with the final at Belfast s Kingspan World Cup The 30 greatest Rugby World Cup moments World Cup Rugby World Cup 2023 bid United for Ireland we are in it to win it World Cup Woman s body found on the M2 in Belfast near Bellevue Bridge Northern Ireland Pregnant woman booted off Belfast bus in blizzard because she didn t have change Northern Ireland Cannabis oil transformed life of terminally ill brain tumour man Kieran McCrory Northern Ireland The Troubles gallery 40 years of conflict in Northern Ireland from the Belfast Telegraph Events A musical send off at funeral of country star Gene Stuart Northern Ireland James McClean involved in a touchline spat with Everton fan at Goodison Park Sinn Fein Northern chair steps down and replaced by Gerry Adams ex body guard Translink s apology to pregnant Belfast teen booted off bus in blizzard Multiple car crash on M1 citybound in

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  • Ulster need to step it up or bubble will burst, says Barakat - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
    winning ugly but if you don t fix it up the bubble will burst We ve got some important games to play and we re annoyed that we re leaving bonus points out there It was another evening when Ulster just didn t convince and where the collective was not where Les Kiss would want it to be We re just creating so many opportunities but the problem is that this game is about patience said Barakat We found so many holes in the opposition that we feel like we need to score off every play We ve got to show a greater level of patience with the ball We ve got to have boys making the right decisions We ve gone for 19 weeks straight and there could fatigue but everybody s gone through that so we can t use it as an excuse Barakat also dismissed any notion that further disruption from players being in Ireland camp is having an adverse effect with Jackson Stuart McCloskey and Rob Herring all being involved during the week We ve just got to look at going forward and we ve got an important game against the Scarlets coming up he added Jacob Stockdale finished in a fantastic place and we ve got good guys who can step into positions and we trust them Your Comments COMMENT RULES Comments that are judged to be defamatory abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator s decision is final It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases tribunals and active legal investigations We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse Problems with commenting customercare belfasttelegraph co uk Powered by Livefyre Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Livefyre From the web Read More Just try and stop me now says Black after first Ulster try By Michael Sadlier There was some talk of fatigue Six Nations disruption and Groundhog Day even got a mention but these were dismissed as mere excuses Ulster living life on the edge with win over Glasgow By Michael Sadlier Well it wasn t great was it Even so it is another win 13 10 over Glasgow Warriors and for that we should be grateful though many more of these misfiring efforts and you can t help but wonder if Les Ulster return to Pro12 summit with Glasgow Warriors win By Michael Sadlier Ulster returned to the top of the Pro12 alongside inter pro rivals Connacht after a hard fought win over reigning champions Glasgow Warriors Ulster v Glasgow Warriors Les Kiss given real lift by release of Ireland trio By Jonathan Bradley Ulster have been boosted by the return of Paddy Jackson Stuart McCloskey and Rob Herring from Ireland duty for the side s game against Glasgow Warriors in the PRO12 Widget page Most

    Original URL path: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sport/rugby/ulster-rugby/ulster-need-to-step-it-up-or-bubble-will-burst-says-barakat-34449693.html (2016-02-15)
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  • Ulster v Glasgow Warriors: Les Kiss given real lift by release of Ireland trio - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
    tackled by Glasgow s Greg Peterson Ulster s Robbie Diack is tackled by Glasgow s Rob Harley and Gregor Hunter Ulster s Alan O Connor is tackled by Glasgow s Gregor Hunter and Glenn Bryce Alongside the one time Emerging Ireland player and Herring at the coal face will again be Ricky Lutton Alan O Connor off the back of another encouraging outing last time out is joined in the engine room by Franco van der Merwe who was rested last week Robbie Diack is over the effects of last week s suspected concussion to take his place in the back row where he is again joined by Sean Reidy with Nick Williams taking the place of Roger Wilson who drops to the bench John Andrew Kyle McCall Bronson Ross and Paul Marshall are also among the replacements After earning top spot with last week s win Director of Rugby Les Kiss is hoping his side don t come back down to earth with a jolt when taking on last season s champions The fact that they are champions is a massive warning for anyone who plays them You don t do that without being good at a lot of things even if the season hasn t panned out as well as they would have liked he said of the side who currently sit eighth in the table albeit with two games in hand They know they have two to pick up so if they pick one up against us and one the following week and the two spares they are right back in the hunt It would be a fool who would lower their guard and think they are gone Your Comments COMMENT RULES Comments that are judged to be defamatory abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator s decision is final It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases tribunals and active legal investigations We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse Problems with commenting customercare belfasttelegraph co uk Powered by Livefyre Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Livefyre From the web Read More Just try and stop me now says Black after first Ulster try By Michael Sadlier There was some talk of fatigue Six Nations disruption and Groundhog Day even got a mention but these were dismissed as mere excuses Ulster need to step it up or bubble will burst says Barakat By Michael Sadlier Ulster went back to the top of the PRO12 table after another disjointed performance still proved enough to see off reigning champions Glasgow Warriors 13 10 at the Kingspan Stadium Ulster living life on the edge with win over Glasgow By Michael Sadlier Well it wasn t great was it Even so it is another win 13 10 over Glasgow Warriors and for that

    Original URL path: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sport/rugby/ulster-rugby/ulster-v-glasgow-warriors-les-kiss-given-real-lift-by-release-of-ireland-trio-34445602.html (2016-02-15)
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  • Ulster v Glasgow: Pain of Warriors' victory still fresh in Gilroy's mind - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
    can t rely on that every week Now that we re top there s still a lot of rugby to be played A lot can happen but now we re here we want to stay here With the offloading skills of Fijian lock Leone Nakawara to the fore Townsend s side play a fast paced game that will suit the likes of Gilroy the wing admitting that space has been hard to come by for Ulster s outside backs in recent weeks They re a high tempo team he said of transformed Scottish outfit You know it ll be quick taps quick line outs and playing from the 22 If you allow them to play at that tempo then they can be quite dangerous For us it s all about trying to play the game that we want to play I d like a bit more ball to be honest I m just trying to get my hands on it as much as I can I struggle to create a bit of a buzz when the weather is bad and when the pitch is turning up too Over in Treviso it was like playing on a beach it was so mucky and Friday for the Dragons game the rain was lashing down when I woke up I just want as much time and space as I can Your Comments COMMENT RULES Comments that are judged to be defamatory abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator s decision is final It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases tribunals and active legal investigations We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse Problems with commenting customercare belfasttelegraph co uk Powered by Livefyre Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Livefyre From the web Read More Just try and stop me now says Black after first Ulster try By Michael Sadlier There was some talk of fatigue Six Nations disruption and Groundhog Day even got a mention but these were dismissed as mere excuses Ulster need to step it up or bubble will burst says Barakat By Michael Sadlier Ulster went back to the top of the PRO12 table after another disjointed performance still proved enough to see off reigning champions Glasgow Warriors 13 10 at the Kingspan Stadium Ulster living life on the edge with win over Glasgow By Michael Sadlier Well it wasn t great was it Even so it is another win 13 10 over Glasgow Warriors and for that we should be grateful though many more of these misfiring efforts and you can t help but wonder if Les Ulster return to Pro12 summit with Glasgow Warriors win By Michael Sadlier Ulster returned to the top of the Pro12 alongside inter pro rivals Connacht after a hard fought win over reigning champions Glasgow

    Original URL path: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sport/rugby/ulster-rugby/ulster-v-glasgow-pain-of-warriors-victory-still-fresh-in-gilroys-mind-34445600.html (2016-02-15)
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  • Springbok Marcell Coetzee deal sets out a new era for Ulster - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
    he clearly leads from the front Praising the work of Cunningham Kiss says he is excited to work with Coetzee and Piutau next year as well as other new signings Connacht prop Rodney Ah You and young Harlequins lock Kieran Treadwell Bryn has done a marvellous job in securing the services of such a talented player and I look forward to working with him Kiss said Cunningham who worked on the deal for a matter of months is thrilled to have tempted the player into opting out of the final year of his deal with his current side and away from other clubs To attract someone of Marcell s stature is a real statement of intent on our behalf said the member of Ulster s 1999 European Cup winning squad We have very high aspirations of what we want to achieve over the next two to three years and as a result we are trying to build a squad capable of being extremely competitive in both the Guinness PRO12 and in Europe At 24 we believe his best years are still ahead of him which is hugely exciting and shows the commitment Marcell has given to Ulster Rugby I know that this was an incredibly difficult decision for him to make with the attachment he has to the Sharks not to mention the high level of interest from other clubs Coetzee is treading a well worn path with current squad members Ruan Pienaar Wiehahn Herbst Louis Ludik and Franco van der Merwe all having represented the Sharks in the past while former imports such as Johann Muller Robbie Kempson BJ Botha and Stefan Terblanche also had ties to the Durban based outfit Cunningham added It is evident that he has all the key character attributes to fit into our culture seamlessly and have a massively positive impact on our environment Related Content Ulster confirm signing of Springboks star Marcell Coetzee Ulster v Glasgow Patient Kyle McCall now ready to make his mark Munster next stop for legend Paul O Connell insists Ulster s Les Kiss Your Comments COMMENT RULES Comments that are judged to be defamatory abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator s decision is final It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases tribunals and active legal investigations We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse Problems with commenting customercare belfasttelegraph co uk Powered by Livefyre Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Livefyre From the web Read More Just try and stop me now says Black after first Ulster try By Michael Sadlier There was some talk of fatigue Six Nations disruption and Groundhog Day even got a mention but these were dismissed as mere excuses Ulster need to step it up or bubble will burst says Barakat By Michael Sadlier

    Original URL path: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sport/rugby/ulster-rugby/springbok-marcell-coetzee-deal-sets-out-a-new-era-for-ulster-34445659.html (2016-02-15)
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  • Ulster return to Pro12 summit with Glasgow Warriors win - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
    Nick Williams drives forward Ulster s Rob Herring tries the break the Glasgow line Ulster s Rob Herring tries the break the Glasgow line Ulster s Franco van der Merwe is tackled by Glasgow s Greg Peterson Ulster s Robbie Diack is tackled by Glasgow s Rob Harley and Gregor Hunter Ulster s Alan O Connor is tackled by Glasgow s Gregor Hunter and Glenn Bryce Ulster then again brought play deep into Glasgow territory with Pienaar s replacement Paul Marshall making a searing break which saw him just held short The home side then went through several phases before Marshall nearly got on the end of another bobbling ball only for it to be ruled out by the TMO with Sila Puafisi getting there first However play was brought back for an Ulster penalty which saw them go for the corner only for a miscommunication to see the lineout lost Gilroy then had a dangerous run after he collected his own kick but then couldn t manage to regather his second booting of the ball And matters began to just look as if they weren t going to stick for the home side when Marshall tried to take a quick tap penalty only to knock it on and a disappointing half ended with Glasgow leading by 5 3 Kiss tried to change things up by bringing Paddy Jackson on after the interval but his first act was to put restart out on the full which hardly seemed to offer a huge amount of hope that Ulster s fortunes were about to change Ulster then lost Herring to injury and the Warriors put huge pressure on the home side s scrum only for Kiss s men to exit their 22 via a breakdown penalty Hunter then missed a long range penalty as Ulster struggled to get clear of their own half Something needed to stick for Ulster and it fell to Gilroy to work some magic by stepping two defenders which helped create the momentum for Black to barge over for his vital try Jackson converted and Ulster now led 10 5 as Chris Henry joined the action for the hard working Sean Reidy Another spark was then lit by Stockdale who charged out of his 22 collected his own chip and kicked again to take the game from one end to the other with the Warriors just about clearing their lines Franco van der Merwe took a quick throw to Olding who surged into the Glasgow 22 before Marshall was sacked as he darted for the line close in Still Ulster came again through Gilroy and secured a penalty which Jackson dispatched to take it to 13 5 On 70 minutes Ryan Wilson was then sin binned for pulling down an Ulster player in the lineout giving Kiss s men the extra man for the final 10 minutes though they did manage to butcher a chance and get pinged for crossing Indeed Ulster failed to score again leaving the

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