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  • Latest Rugby News, Scores, Results and Match Reports - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
    out at low quality of imports Ahead of a pivotal weekend for the Irish provinces in Europe Brian O Driscoll has hit out at the level of the Irish provinces overseas signings and says the drop in quality of those coming from abroad is the main reason for a fall off in Leinster Munster and Ulster s performances Ulster 38 0 Toulouse Hosts run in five tries as Ruan Pienaar leads the demolition of fancied A rampant Ulster enjoyed another famous European night as they breathed new life into their Champions Cup campaign with a demolition of Toulouse at Kingspan on Friday night European Champions Cup Ulster v Toulouse Les Kiss isn t fazed by French star power Toulouse arrive at the Kingspan this evening 7 45pm kick off having named a squad brimming with star quality and Ulster Director of Rugby Les Kiss is well aware of the talent at the disposal of his opposing directeur sportif Fabien Pelous European Champions Cup Ulster v Toulouse Next seven weeks will define Ulster s season says The next seven weeks will make or break Ulster s season captain Rory Best has declared ahead of tonight s must win clash with Toulouse at Kingspan Stadium 7 45pm Leinster s battle is toughest on difficult Euro scene One of the most famous battles in history took place in a narrow pass in Thermopylae in 480BC when 300 Spartans stood bravely against the might of the Persian army Tuned in Gilroy aims to silence Toulouse with X Factor As a player who likes nothing more than bringing some X Factor to the usually heavily structured nature of the Pro12 taking on Toulouse tonight at Kingspan Stadium 7 45pm kick off could be just the type of game perfectly suited for Craig Gilroy O Connor returns from wilderness as Kiss shuffles pack After injuries to four starters against Edinburgh last time out decimated his plans Ulster Director of Rugby Les Kiss has made seven changes to his side to take on Toulouse at the Kingspan Stadium in the Champions Cup this evening 7 45pm We can t lose grip of European bid says skipper Best Buoyed by last week s return to winning ways Ulster captain Rory Best is braced for the defining two weeks of his side s Champions Cup campaign as Toulouse visit the Kingspan Stadium tonight 7 45pm kick off Ulster v Toulouse Rory Best returns for crucial Kingspan clash Rory Best returns to captain Ulster for the team s crucial tie against Toulouse at the Kingspan on Friday night Depleted Ulster can conjure up Euro magic says Bowe Tommy Bowe has called on injury hit Ulster to dig out a special performance tomorrow night at the Kingspan Stadium to keep their European season alive more Previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Next Most Read Most Shared Most Commented Luke Marshall s good for Ireland call if Ulster sparkle European Champions Cup McCall is blessed with a

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  • Latest Rugby News, Scores, Results and Match Reports - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
    on Friday European Champions Cup George Ford stays cool to kick Leinster into touch England star George Ford admitted it was a case of focus on the process as he kicked Bath to a European Champions Cup victory over Leinster European Champions Cup Gutsy Oyonnax condemn our boys to bottom Ulster are now the only side without a point in Pool 1 after Toulouse secured a hard earned 24 18 Champions Cup victory over fellow Top 14 outfit Oyonnax at the Stade Ernest Wallon on Saturday afternoon European Champions Cup Ulster must learn from harsh Saracens lesson says captain Best Ulster skipper Rory Best believes the side must quickly forget the disappointment of seeing Saracens leave the Kingspan Stadium with five points after a 27 9 triumph on Friday night Ulster 9 27 Saracens Five things we learned from the crushing Kingspan defeat Ulster coach Les Kiss admitted his team produced a poor display as they opened up their European Champions Cup campaign with a crushing 27 9 home defeat to Saracens Euro scraps will not be played until after break Tournament organisers say that talks are progressing to reschedule five European Champions Cup games postponed following the Paris terror attacks European Champions Cup Ulster v Saracens Iain Henderson s quick recovery a huge lift Ulster have been handed a big boost ahead of tonight s titanic Champions Cup clash against Saracens with the news that star forward Iain Henderson is back in the starting line up European Champions Cup Ulster v Saracens Dangerous visitors out to conquer They won t admit it but finally triumphing in Europe has morphed from an aspiration into an obsession for Saracens European Champions Cup Ulster v Saracens Coach Allen Clarke insists past Sarries losses It s not a frequent occurrence to see Allen Clarke facing the microphones but with his connections to Saracens boss Mark McCall it is logical that the Ulster forwards coach is making a rare appearance European Champions Cup Ulster v Saracens Nick Williams relishes fight for his Kingspan future As he prepares to take on Saracens in a crucial Champions Cup clash this evening Ulster s Nick Williams is determined not to let an uncertain future detract from his performances on the pitch European Champions Cup Ulster v Saracens Mark McCall ready for a rock night Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall is ready for another classic battle when he brings his side to face old club Ulster at Kingspan Stadium in the Champions Cup tonight 7 45pm European Champions Cup Iain Henderson to make Ulster return for Saracens clash Iain Henderson has returned from injury and will make his 50th Ulster appearance in Friday night s sold out Champions Cup clash against Saracens at Kingspan Stadium kick off 7 45pm more Previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Next Most Read Most Shared Most Commented Luke Marshall s good for Ireland call if Ulster sparkle European Champions Cup McCall is blessed with a wealth

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  • Latest Rugby News, Scores, Results and Match Reports - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
    hopes of making the quarter finals of the Champions Cup European Champions Cup Head coach Anthony Foley hails Munster s Treviso triumph Munster head coach Anthony Foley praised his players for turning in an impressive display in their hard earned 32 7 bonus point win over Treviso in Pool 4 of the European Champions Cup at Thomond Park Paris attacks It wouldn t have felt right to play in France says Darren Cave Ulster s Darren Cave admitted it would not have felt right to take on Oyonnax in the immediate aftermath of the Paris terror attacks Paris attacks Oyonnax v Ulster Champions Cup match postponed along with host of other Ulster s opening game of the 2015 16 Champions Cup against Oyonnax at Stade Charles Mathon scheduled for Saturday afternoon was postponed just an hour and a half before kick off as a mark of respect to those who lost their lives in yesterday s Paris terror attacks Every point will be crucial McCall Saracens chief Mark McCall says that every point will be crucial in the battle to top Pool One Selection shows reputations count for nothing This selection maybe isn t quite what was expected for the first up venture into Europe but from here on in this may well be Les Kiss s trademark Alpine club is now facing a slippery slope For Oyonnax the slump has been staggeringly rapid The rumour mill had already suggested that all wasn t well at the Alpine club what with their Top 14 season already looking bedraggled but very few foresaw the sudden dismissal of new head coach Olivier Azam just two days before the club made their Champions Cup bow It s great to get back playing for Ulster after the World Cup While most involved in the latter stages of the World Cup took a well earned break following the tournament s conclusion Ulster s Ruan Pienaar wanted nothing more than to roll up his sleeves up for the province Friendship with pal Pedrie is on hold They ll probably share a few words before the whistle blows but then it will be down to business for Robbie Diack who starts for Ulster and his friend and fellow South African Pedrie Wannenburg who will be waiting to enter the fray from Oyonnax s bench Kiss backs Euro new boys to sparkle Brave Ulster rugby supremo Les Kiss has put his faith in inexperienced prop duo Kyle McCall and Ricky Lutton for this afternoon s Champions League opener against French side Oyonnax 1pm kick off European Champions Cup Ulster squad named for Oyonnax trip Ulster director of Rugby Les Kiss has made seven changes to his team for the first European Champions Cup game of the season away to Oyonnax on Saturday afternoon more Previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Next Most Read Most Shared Most Commented Versatile Reidy happy to pitch into frantic endgame European Champions Cup McCall is blessed with a

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  • Latest Rugby News, Scores, Results and Match Reports - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
    is eagerly anticipating his side s meetings with Ulster and Saracens in the pool stage of the Champions Cup Best tells Europe of Ulster s passion for province With Europe on the horizon Ulster captain Rory Best has warned the super rich French and English clubs that they can t put a price on Irish players passion for their province Kiss not reaching for panic button on injuries just yet Ulster s new Director of Rugby Les Kiss is determined injuries won t scupper his maiden European campaign but has ruled out the possibility of bringing in emergency cover Meet Jonathan Bradley the Belfast Telegraph s bright new rugby signing Jonathan Bradley is the bright new voice of Ulster and Irish rugby and he s the new Belfast Telegraph rugby correspondent joining the award winning and most formidable media team in Northern Ireland sport Ulster face French new boys in European Rugby Champions Cup opener As was the case last season Ulster will begin their European Rugby Champions Cup campaign away from the Kingspan Stadium when this time they face their opener at French newcomers Oyonnax on Saturday November 14 kick off 3 00 European champions cup Another trip home for McCall Ulster will be hoping the third time s a charm after they were yet again paired with Saracens in yesterday s Champions Cup pool draw Lacklustre Leinster struggle to stamp European passport Leinster qualified for next season s European Champions Cup with a 10 0 Guinness PRO12 win over Benetton Treviso but their lacklustre performance will do little to quieten critics of head coach Matt O Connor Australia rugby star Drew Mitchell Toulon would benefit from Ireland captain Paul O Connell Paul O Connell would be an invaluable addition to star studded back to back European champions Toulon according to Drew Mitchell European Champions Cup final 2015 Toulon v Clermont set to be played in half empty Fears are growing that this weekend s European Champions Cup final will see Twickenham half full when two time champions aim to seal a hat trick against Clermont Auvergne leading to free tickets being given away for the European showcase match Munster and Toulon dismiss any talk of Paul O Connell deal Munster and Toulon have formed an unusual alliance by denying the report in a Toulon newspaper two days ago which claimed Ireland captain Paul O Connell was set to join the hat trick chasing European champions Five things Ulster Munster Leinster and Connacht can learn from the inaugural After the anguish of defeat the cold reality beckons for Leinster and the sport in Ireland more Previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Next Most Read Most Shared Most Commented Luke Marshall s good for Ireland call if Ulster sparkle European Champions Cup No Kiss goodbye despite a triple Ulster injury blow European Champions Cup McCall is blessed with a wealth of quality stars European Champions Cup Ulster 56 3 Oyonnax Ulster romp home to eight

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  • Latest Rugby News, Scores, Results and Match Reports - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
    in the cooler climes of the Kingspan Stadium Cipriani thrilled to stay with Sale England fly half Danny Cipriani has signed a new two year contract with Sale Sharks the Aviva Premiership club have announced Luke Fitzgerald fires warning after Leinster progress Luke Fitzgerald believes Europe s big guns will fear facing Leinster in the Champions Cup knockout phase after Matt O Connor s side secured a home quarter final clash with Bath Hat trick hero Darren Cave wants to keep hold of momentum There was no sense that this was an achievement worthy of high fives and ear to ear smiles No instead this was a moment of quiet satisfied reflection with the hope now being that much more is to come Leigh Halfpenny kicks Toulon through with ease in Champions Cup Leigh Halfpenny kicked 13 points as Toulon booked a home Champions Cup quarter final place with a comfortable 26 3 victory over Scarlets at Parc y Scarlets Foley rues home losses as Munster crash out Munster coach Anthony Foley admitted his side s 65 10 thumping of Sale at Thomond Park felt bittersweet as their hopes of making the European Champions Cup quarter finals had disappeared before this round six clash Ulster 26 7 Leicester Tigers Ulster take out Tigers to end woeful European campaign Leicester s already remote hopes of making the European Champions Cup quarter finals were finally extinguished as Ulster ended their own disappointing campaign with a 26 7 bonus point win in Belfast Other side Hopeful Tigers have no option but to pounce They travel more in hope than expectation when it comes to their aspirations of squeezing into the quarter finals as one of three best runners up with essentially a bonus point win the requirement as well as other results over the weekend going their way Tommy Bowe and Rory Best strengthen Neil Doak s hand If worrying statistics make you squeamish then you should maybe look away now Returning star Henderson ready to escape injury prison With the hair still being worn long as it erupts from under his beanie and the beard more than a little overgrown it looks as if Iain Henderson might have recently returned from several months somewhere beyond the reach of civilisation Ulster snap up new Kiwi flanker Boys Ulster have moved to deal with their current lack of a frontline specialist openside flanker by signing former Highlanders player Tim Boys on a short term deal until the end of the season more Previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Next Most Read Most Shared Most Commented Luke Marshall s good for Ireland call if Ulster sparkle European Champions Cup No Kiss goodbye despite a triple Ulster injury blow European Champions Cup McCall is blessed with a wealth of quality stars European Champions Cup Ulster 56 3 Oyonnax Ulster romp home to eight try European European Champions Cup Ulster blew European hopes at home to Saracens says Kiss after European Champions

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  • Latest Rugby News, Scores, Results and Match Reports - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
    claim to the template forged by Munster in the way the southern province have achieved the unthinkable in the past Toulon v Ulster French giants remain on trail of the biggest names Leaving the flu outbreak aside which hardly appears to have done great damage to them it wouldn t really be a standard issue week at Toulon unless we had another big name from the Southern Hemisphere linked to a move to the Mediterranean coast Returning Ulster ace Jared Payne not expecting a call up from Joe Schmidt The signs aren t promising by the time Jared Payne arrives in the room His time is short and his eagerness to be somewhere else is only added to by his decision not to sit down for what for him is clearly a case of ordeal by media Gutsy Tigers keep slender hopes alive with Scarlets win Leicester Tigers kept alive their slim hopes of a European Champions Cup quarter final spot by romping to a bonus point victory at home to the Scarlets Doak s French class No opposing coach has ever masterminded an away victory against Toulon in Europe s premier competition and Ulster s Neil Doak admits that planning this afternoon s assault on the Stade Mayol poses something of a unique headache Ulster name team to face Toulon in European Rugby Champions Cup Darren Cave will play his 150th game for Ulster tomorrow as the province take on Toulon in the European Rugby Champions Cup at Stade Mayol kick off 16 15 local time 15 15 UK and Ireland Munster s Felix Jones is put in frame by critical eye of Joe Schmidt To those of us watching on this feels like something of a belated breakout season for Felix Jones He disagrees Toulon still look strong against Ulster despite flu outbreak It seems that Toulon just might not be feeling at their finest when it comes to Saturday afternoon s crunch encounter with Ulster Franco Van der Merwe is ready to see off old pals in European Cup As he struggles through the plunging temperatures of his first winter in Ulster since arriving from South Africa Franco van der Merwe would have envisaged a different scenario for this weekend s trip to Toulon when he first pitched up at the Kingspan Stadium last summer but Stuart Olding believes Ulster can pass test in France Outside in the gathering gloom Stuart Olding spots his housemate Iain Henderson and Nick Williams doing some rather intense looking tackling work on each other and expresses himself grateful that he is not involved Toulon s vast resources can halt the slump in European Champions Cup They ve certainly had some problems winning away from home and there have been issues with them losing focus in certain home games while discipline wise things could definitely have been better more Previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Next Most Read Most Shared Most Commented Versatile Reidy happy to pitch

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  • Latest Rugby News, Scores, Results and Match Reports - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
    dream dies On a fairly filthy night in Llanelli Ulster s hopes of furthering their interest in making the European quarter finals for a fifth season in succession effectively came to an end after they failed to prevail in what was a must win clash for both sides Luke Marshall We let chance slip It had been an eventful enough comeback game for centre Luke Marshall though the final result had of course taken full ownership of how he felt after having seen his first action since October Six things that Ulster have to do to stay in the hunt The requirement is pretty simple really Win and you stay in lose and well it s pretty much time to focus the attention on the PRO12 Scarlets desperate to prove they re not the weakest link Scarlets prop Rob Evans is adamant that Ulster are not as good as their 24 9 win over the team from west Wales last weekend suggests Reds hoping to weather storm on home turf Coach Wayne Pivac s demeanour required no words to set the tone for how he was feeling Welsh return is entirely different challenge for Ulster We are about to acquire some useful knowledge about this Ulster side namely if they can back up big performances away from the Kingspan and if they possess enough in the tank to cope with losing four players to injury in one game Victory in Wales a must to keep European hopes alive You might have thought the post match analysis of last Saturday s bonus point win over the Scarlets would have had a certain downbeat feel to it thanks to Ulster s expanding injury issues but there was still some levity in proceedings as footage of Rory Best s try was viewed by Revitalised Craig Gilroy setting his sights on a bonus When the hulking figure of Gerhard Van den Heever burst past Craig Gilroy untouched for a second time during the interpro loss to Munster a fortnight ago the young Ulster winger knew it would be a performance that brought an increased scrutiny on his tackling Ulster s goose is cooked without battering ram Williams says Scarlets Pitman Scarlets star Rory Pitman has added a dash of seasonal spice to Sunday s big Euro showdown with Ulster by claiming that the visitors will be a weaker animal without their big goose Nick Williams Sam Burgess given chance to shine from the off Sam Burgess will make his full debut for Bath tonight accompanied by a ringing endorsement from the Aviva Premiership club s coaching staff Tigers chief Richard Cockerill lashes out at angry Toulon star Richard Cockerill believes that former Tigers prop Martin Castrogiovanni has sullied his seven year playing career with Leicester more Previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Next Most Read Most Shared Most Commented Luke Marshall s good for Ireland call if Ulster sparkle European Champions Cup McCall is blessed with a wealth of

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  • Luke Marshall's good for Ireland call if Ulster sparkle - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
    the Ireland head coach I m probably a bit more relaxed around him than I was when I first started It was good to get back I was involved in the Barbarians game last May but I suppose it wasn t a full camp To be back properly the first time since the Argentina tour was great I wasn t training because I was injured but just to be involved with those guys was great For now though Marshall is keen to focus on his province where his midfield dovetailing with Stuart McCloskey has been an eye catching aspect of Ulster s form With Jared Payne returning to the fold today and Darren Cave and Stuart Olding soon to follow competition is sure to be intense for centre berths in the coming weeks There s five internationals he says of Ulster s midfield slightly pre empting McCloskey s ascension to the Test ranks Jared being involved in the World Cup and winning the Six Nations last year everyone knows how good a footballer he is Cavey as well the last couple of years he s been as good as he ever has been It s good for us as a team you want competition I don t know if there s any club in Europe that has as much quality as we do in the midfield when you add Stuart Olding into that too Carrying his impressive form into today s top of the pool clash would certainly be one way of stating a case to keep his place Marshall is well aware however of the threat posed by Ulsterman Mark McCall s side and has stressed the need for an improvement on both the first half showing against Oyonnax and recent results against today s opposition November s home humbling sticks particularly in the mind Against Saracens if we start like we did against Oyonnax it ll be game over he said It s a good position for us nobody expects us to do a job Outside of Ulster everyone expects it to be plain sailing It s a really good challenge and one we re excited about Follow BelTel Sport Related Content Inside Track How to Complain If you have a complaint about the editorial content of the Belfast Telegraph or Sunday Life then contact the Editor here If you are not satisfied with the response provided then you can contact the Independent Press Standards Organisation here 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

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