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Feminists to stage rally at Ulster rugby match after rape acquittal

Protesters to descend on stadium calling for end to sexism after players cleared of assault Hundreds of protesters are preparing to gather at the home of Ulster Rugby as organisers of the demonstration say they want to “stamp out” misogyny and sexism i…

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Irish rugby player tries to recover legal fees after rape acquittal

Paddy Jackson seeks to retrieve some or all of estimated £100,000-plus costs from trialAn Irish rugby international who was acquitted of rape is attempting to recoup his legal costs, it has emerged.The Ulster player Paddy Jackson is seeking to recover …

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Former MP’s tweet almost collapsed Ulster rugby rape trial

Comment by leader of Alliance party, Naomi Long, led to demands from defence team that the trial be stopped, it has emergedA former Northern Ireland MP’s tweet almost collapsed the trial of two Irish rugby stars who were acquitted of rape, it has emerg…

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Former MP’s tweet almost collapsed Ulster rugby rape trial

Comment by leader of Alliance party, Naomi Long, led to demands from defence team that the trial be stopped, it has emergedA former Northern Ireland MP’s tweet almost collapsed the trial of two Irish rugby stars who were acquitted of rape, it has emerg…

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Supporters of rugby stars acquitted of rape take out newspaper ad

Full-page ad calls for Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding’s rugby suspensions to be liftedSupporters of two Irish rugby internationals acquitted of rape have taken out a full-page newspaper advertisement demanding their playing suspensions be lifted.The B…

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Supporters of rugby stars acquitted of rape take out newspaper ad

Full-page ad calls for Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding’s rugby suspensions to be liftedSupporters of two Irish rugby internationals acquitted of rape have taken out a full-page newspaper advertisement demanding their playing suspensions be lifted.The B…

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Irish rugby player cleared of rape says he feels shame and regret

Ulster star Paddy Jackson issues apology after newspaper advert called for him to be droppedOne of the Irish rugby international players acquitted of rape has released a statement of apology, after campaigners paid for a full-page advert in the Belfast…

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Rugby union: talking points from the weekend’s European action

Saracens became the only Premiership club to gain a European Champions Cup quarter-final place, Scarlets were the comeback kids and injuries made grim viewing for GatlandWasps must be kicking themselves for their late capitulation at Harlequins the pre…

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Rory Best leads Ulster to top of Pool One after crucial win against La Rochelle

• Ulster 20-13 La Rochelle• Captain inspirational to put European Champions Cup knockout stage in sightUlster knocked La Rochelle off top spot in European Champions Cup Pool One with a hard-fought 20-13 win over the French side at a wet and windy Kings…

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European Champions Cup: pool-by-pool guide to the weekend games

• Leinster’s Seán O’Brien to miss start of Six Nations after hip operation• Liam Williams starts for Saracens in make-or-break trip to OspreysChris Robshaw is absent from the Harlequins team to face Wasps after picking up what the club have described a…

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Virtual reality gives ECB tantalising portrait of future Ashes series | Tim Wigmore

The Guardian has a glimpse of the “potentially transformative tool for batsmen” seen by the England and Wales Cricket Board in a VR headset trial in BelfastJames Vince straps on his pads and gloves, and takes guard at the Waca. He knows what to expect:…

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Rugby union: talking points from the weekend’s European action

La Rochelle shine on the biggest stage, England’s finest freeze and the Welsh dragon roars as crunch time approaches in Champions CupHave a side ever taken to Europe as well as La Rochelle? It is supposed to require years of failure and frustration – o…

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Ulster all but eliminate Harlequins with impressive show of strength in the snow

• Harlequins 5-17 Ulster• Away win means Quins almost certainly out and Ulster’s hopes are revivedIn the midst of a blizzard Harlequins’ European hopes were blown away. They were outthought and outfought by an Ulster side who adapted to the treacherous…

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Jacob Stockdale launches Ulster campaign and adds to Wasps’ early-season pain

• Ulster 19-9 Wasps• Stockdale and Stuart McCloskey score tries for much-improved hostsWasps have endured a tough start to the domestic season and the Champions’ Cup is not yet easing the pain. Belfast on a Friday night is never an easy place to travel…

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Elliot Daly warns injury-hit Wasps to watch old boy Charles Piutau

• ‘It would be nice if he was on our side,’ Daly says of New Zealand full-back• Wasps head to Ulster for Champions Cup opener after five-day turnaroundWhen Elliot Daly reveals he has been covering fly-half for Wasps, having not played there since his s…

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Pro12 sides lead charge against English and French heavyweights in Europe

The dominance of Leinster, Munster, Glasgow and Ulster in the Champions Cup was a result of performances as eye-catching as their results

So let’s just examine the old scoreboard. Leinster, Munster, Ulster and Glasgow played Northampton, Leicester, Clermont Auvergne and Racing Métro in the European Rugby Champions Cup last weekend and the supposed English and French heavyweights, as they say on television sports news bulletins, may want to look away now. Adding the four results together makes for distinctly one-sided reading.

So here are those stats in full: Pro12 4 Premiership/Top14 0. Tries scored 16, tries conceded 7. Points for 137, points against 56. A star-studded Wasps did beat Connacht at home on Sunday but even that was less than straightforward. How different it feels to a year ago when Ireland’s proud provinces could barely win a game in Europe and failed to have a team in the last eight for the first time since 1997-98.

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European Rugby Champions Cup: talking points from the weekend’s action

Dylan Hartley’s greatest opponent is himself, Jamie George and Owen Farrell can both replace him and it was a good weekend for the Irish

If Dylan Hartley had not been sent off we would all be talking about Leinster’s excellence. Perhaps we still should be; even when they were down to their third-choice fly-half the Irish side looked revitalised, for which credit must go both to the players and, in particular, their reshuffled coaching panel. The contrast with Northampton’s flat-footed start was particularly glaring, as the home skipper Tom Wood made abundantly clear after his side’s 37-10 home drubbing. Ultimately though, Hartley’s 58th-minute red card for a forearm smash to the back of Sean O’Brien’s head was the kind of moment that shapes perceptions and undermines career prospects. Excuses were non-existent: it had not been a dirty game, O’Brien had already been tackled and had his back to his oncoming assailant, who had been on the field for less than six minutes. Given Hartley’s own past concussion issues it was doubly crass, reckless behaviour.

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European Rugby Champions Cup: talking points from the weekend’s action

Dylan Hartley’s greatest opponent is himself, Jamie George and Owen Farrell can both replace him and it was a good weekend for the Irish

If Dylan Hartley had not been sent off we would all be talking about Leinster’s excellence. Perhaps we still should be; even when they were down to their third-choice fly-half the Irish side looked revitalised, for which credit must go both to the players and, in particular, their reshuffled coaching panel. The contrast with Northampton’s flat-footed start was particularly glaring, as the home skipper Tom Wood made abundantly clear after his side’s 37-10 home drubbing. Ultimately though, Hartley’s 58th-minute red card for a forearm smash to the back of Sean O’Brien’s head was the kind of moment that shapes perceptions and undermines career prospects. Excuses were non-existent: it had not been a dirty game, O’Brien had already been tackled and had his back to his oncoming assailant, who had been on the field for less than six minutes. Given Hartley’s own past concussion issues it was doubly crass, reckless behaviour.

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European Champions Cup roundup: Glasgow stand firm to stun Racing 92

• Coach Gregor Townsend praises his Glasgow Warriors after 23-14 win
• Ulster keep hopes alive at home with 39-32 victory over Clermont Auvergne

Gregor Townsend hailed Glasgow’s heroic defensive effort after a famous 23-14 win at Racing 92. Townsend’s side claimed only their third win on French soil to give their hopes of qualifying from the pool stage of the European Champions Cup a huge boost.

Tries from Alex Dunbar and Ali Price put Glasgow on the road to victory a year on from a defeat in Paris that all but ended their European hopes.

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Ruan Pienaar: ‘I wanted to come to Ulster as a foreigner and make a difference’

Ruan Pienaar is being forced to leave Ulster as the IRFU want to ‘develop indigenous talent in this position’, but he is not bitter – just proud of the way he helped to develop the club and the young players who are replacing him

By Jonathan Drennan for Behind the Lines, part of the Guardian Sport Network

Ulster’s Springbok scrum-half Ruan Pienaar remembers arriving in Belfast six years ago vividly. He got out of the club car, looked up at a slate-grey sky and a crumbling stadium and gazed at his young wife incredulously. He had just enjoyed a beautiful South African summer by the Indian Ocean in Durban and his mother’s words were still ringing in his ears. She had heard that Belfast was one of the most dangerous places in the world and asked whether he should reconsider. “She was a bit concerned, but I told her there’s no need to worry – we’re South Africans. It’s funny looking back. My wife and I went in with the attitude that we had to make this work, and six years later we’re so glad we did.”

Pienaar settled into Northern Ireland quickly with his wife and young family. Ulster boasted a conveyor belt of talented South African players who helped him gradually find his feet in a new culture and climate, even if he never fully adjusted to the Belfast winters. Instead he found warmth in the local people, “I came here initially with two years in my mind maybe, but one big thing that kept me and my family was the people. People in this part of the world are similar to South Africans. They’re family-orientated and warm. The will do anything for you. That goes a long way when you are so far from home.”

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