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Leinster’s Robbie Henshaw avails of an intercept to score a try against Ulster during the  Pro14 final at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

LEINSTER 27 ULSTER 5 Defences win championships goes the old adage, and few final wins underlined the point like this one. Of course, few teams know(...)

Leinster’s Caelan Doris stole the show once more in Leinster’s Pro14 final victory. Photograph: Inpho

Focusing purely on the workloads of Iain Henderson and James Ryan, a peroxide-tipped-head kept bobbing into view. In the moment and on review it felt (...)

Rob Kearney and Fergus McFadden lift the Pro14 trophy. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Pro14 final: Leinster 27 Ulster 5 The Leinster Machine keeps on churning out the wins and the titles. The cast may change, what with 53 players used (...)

Leinster’s Ross Byrne has been tasked with the outhalf position for the Pro14 final against Ulster. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Pro14 final: Leinster v Ulster Kick-off: 7.35pm, Saturday. Venue: Aviva Stadium. How to follow: The Irish Times liveblog will begin at 7pm. On TV: Li(...)

Leinster’s Ross Byrne reacts after kicking a penalty to take the lead over Ulster in the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final a, Aviva Stadium, Dublin in March 2019. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Andrew Trimble had enough belief in himself to make a game-altering tackle during Ireland’s monumental victory over the All Blacks in Chicago on Novem(...)

Ulster’s Ian Madigan converts the final kick of the game to pip Edinburgh in the semi-final last weekend. Photograph: Ian Rutherford/Inpho

‘Big Time’ has come to Ian Madigan. He didn’t ask. ‘Big Time’ just kind of fell into his pocket. Dan McFarland, the Ulster coach, used the phrase as (...)

Ulster’s Ian Madigan celebrates his team’s comeback win in Edinburgh. Photograph: PA

Ulster 22 Edinburgh 19 Cometh the hour cometh Ian Madigan. That’s’ the only way to explain Ulster’s unbelievable recovery to somehow find safe passag(...)

 Ulster coach Dan McFarland: ”I have a love of the contact, of collective speed, that the system lasts longer at a persistent speed than the opposition.”  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

There are several ways to interpret Ulster’s awful restart. They appear to be mired in pre-season mode. At least the halfbacks cannot mess up the fund(...)

Ulster head coach Dan McFarland has named Billy Burns, Louis Ludik and Alan O’Connor in his starting team for the trip to Edinburgh. File photograph: Inpho

Billy Burns returns to captain Ulster as one of three changes for Saturday’s Pro14 semi-final against Edinburgh (BT Murrayfield, 7.35pm). Burns, Loui(...)

Connacht’s Jack Aungier scores a try despite Tom O’Toole’s best efforts. Photograph: Inpho

Connacht 26 Ulster 20 Connacht were fired up for their first outing at Irish Rugby HQ since 1989 and it handsomely paid off with the scalp of a disap(...)

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