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Ireland take Test Series win in Australia with dramatic victory in Sydney

AUSTRALIA 16 IRELAND 20
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Dan Soper

Ulster coaching role confirmed: Dan Soper takes up skills position

Dan Soper will join Ulster Rugby's coaching team next season in the position of Skills coach.
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Participants get underway at last year's Walled City Marathon and another large field of athletes is expected for this weekend's event. (Photo: JIm McCafferty Photography)

Walled City Marathon is all systems go for Sunday!

Its all systems go for Sunday’s sixth staging of the SSE Airtricity Walled City Marathon according to Race Director, Noel McMonagle .

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WATCH: Rob Herring's statement on behalf of Ulster players following the IRFU review decision

Senior Ulster player Rob Herring has said the group has to move on following the decision by the IRFU to revoke the contracts of Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding.

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Commonwealth Review: Team NI

Northern Ireland boxers Kurt Walker and Aidan Walsh have both reached quarter-finals at the Commonwealth Games. Lisburn bantamweight Walker beat Australian Jack Bowen on a 4-1 decision with welterweight Walsh earning a unanimous win over Pakistan's Gul Zaib. Danielle Hill finished eighth in the women's 50m freestyle final. The 18-year-old's time of 25.56 was 0.24 seconds faster than her semi-final and left her 1.30 seconds behind Canada's bronze medallist Taylor Ruck. Watch Commonwealth Games live Hill's team-mates Conor Ferguson and Jordan Sloan both clinched semi-final spots. Ferguson finished second in his heat of the 50m backstroke in 25.79 seconds and was fourth fastest behind three Australians heading into the semi-finals at 11:19 BST. Sloan will be involved in 100m freestyle semi-finals at 11:59 after qualifying 12th fastest in 49.72 seconds with David Thompson (50.22) in 21st spot and Calum Bain (50.47) 22nd. Weightlifter Emma McQuaid was fourth in her event with gymnast Rhys McClenaghan 10th in the all-round final. Newry-born McQuaid was competing in the 63 kilogram division as her total of 182 left her 24 kilos behind South Africa's bronze medal winner Mona Pretorius. Northern Ireland gymnast Rhys McClenaghan in action in the all-round final on Saturday Gymnast Rhys McClenaghan will be a strong medal hope in Sunday's pommel horse final Competing in the all-round men's gymnastics final, McClenaghan posted the best pommel horse score of 15.050. While Olympic pommel horse champion Max Whitlock was not involved in the all-round decider, McClenaghan's score bodes well for Sunday's pommel horse final. Ewan McAteer received a late call-up for the all-round gymnastics final and finished up in 18th spot with his best score a vault of 14.000. Bantamweight boxer Walker, who won European bronze last year, will face Lesotho's Moroke Mokhotho in the quarter-finals on Tuesday with Walsh taking on New Zealand's Leroy Hindley in his last-eight bout on the same day. Northern Ireland's bowling struggles continue as men's pair McClure and Kelly exit Northern Ireland's disappointing bowls campaign in Gold Coast continued as men's pair Ian McClure and Gary Kelly exited following a 21-8 defeat by Wales and women's single Catherine Beattie also bowed out. Beattie needed to beat world number one and gold medal favourite Karen Murphy to keep her hopes alive but the Australian clinched a 21-17 victory. The Men's triples and women's fours earned wins but their hopes of qualification for the knockout stages had already been extinguished. Simon Martin, Martin McHugh and Andrew Kyle beat Scotland 16-14 with the women's four edging out England 15-14 for their only win in the group stage.

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Jacob Stockdale - Six Nations player of the championship 2018

SIX NATIONS RUGBY: Jacob Stockdale named Nat West player of the 2018 Championship

Ireland wing Jacob Stockdale has reflected on "a truly memorable few weeks" after being named NatWest 6 Nations player of the championship.

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WATCH: Irish Grand Slam heroes available for Ulster, but will they face Cardiff Blues?

Ulster head coach Jono Gibbes confirmed on Tuesday that Ireland Grand Slam heroes Rory Best, Iain Henderson and Jacob Stockdale would be available for Ulster in the Guinness PRO14 game at Cardiff Blues on Saturday.

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WATCH: Jono Gibbes on Rory Best and Iain Henderson committing to Ulster

British Lion duo Rory Best and Iain Henderson confirmed contract extensions on Tuesday.

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RUGBY: Rory Best and Iain Henderson agree contract extensions

British Lions duo Rory Best and Iain Henderson have agreed new contract extensions with Irish Rugby.

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WATCH: Jacob Stockdale looks ahead to Ireland final showdown with England in the Six Nations championship

Nine years ago Jacob Stockdale was a 12-year-old boy dreaming of playing rugby for Ulster and Ireland.
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Jacob Stockdale scores the first of two tries against Scotland

IRELAND 28 SCOTLAND 8: Jacob Stockdale brace helps Ireland to win over Scotland in Dublin

IRELAND 28 SCOTLAND 8
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Jacob Stockdale crosses for the opening try in the Ireland v Wales game in Dublin

SIX NATIONS RUGBY: Ireland survive Welsh scare to keep Six Nations Grand Slam on track

IRELAND 37 WA;LES 27
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WATCH: Ireland captain Rory Best's reaction to Italy claim that the Irish are superior to England

Italian captain Sergio Parisse said he felt Ireland played better rugby than England after losing to both sides in the opening rounds of this year's NatWest 6 Nations Championship.

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2017 NI Open champion Robin Sciot-Siegrist from France with the trophy alongside Modest! Golf directors Mark McDonnell and Niall Horan

GOLF: Strokeplay format returns for Northern Ireland Open at Galgorm in 2018

Niall Horan might be in the Emirates this week supporting his players and friend Rory McIlroy, but he has news of his own international golf tournament as Modest! Golf confirmed they are back on board for this year’s Northern Ireland Open at Galgorm Castle.

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Dromore's Aaron Lyttle in action with Dalriada's M Kennedy

SCHOOLS’ RUGBY: Dalriada beat Dromore High in Schools’ Cup third round

Dromore High School sufferred a 27-11 home loss to Dalriada School in the second round of the Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Cup.

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WATCH: Rory Best happy to end a remarkable haunting statistic

It was incredible to think that the captain of Ireland and Ulster, Rory Best, had not played in a winning Ulster side for 386 days!

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At the announcement of Team NI, hosted at Theatre at the Mill  Newtownabbey, for the XXI Commonwealth  Games Gold Coast, Australia were, Dame Mary Peters, Patron of Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games Council, Cllr Paul Hamill Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council and representatives including athletes and coaches from Team NI.

COMMONWEALTH GAMES: TeamNI announced for Gold Coast 2018

With just over three months until the Opening Ceremony of the XXI Commonwealth Games, 88 athletes have been named to represent Northern Ireland in Gold Coast, Australia.

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Haley Ballard, Gary O'Hanlon Current Irish Marathon Champion and Marir-Claire Caldwell Pictured during the Launch of the Spar 2018 Omagh Half Marathon at Omagh Leisure Centre

ATHLETICS: £5,000 prizefund on offer at Omagh half marathon

The 29th SPAR Omagh Half Marathon and 5k Fun Run was officially launched this week with organisers noting a high level of early sign ups for the race that is now well established on the Irish athletics scene.

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Ireland and Ulster captain Rory Best

Freedom of the Borough for rugby's Rory Best

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council unanimously agreed to bestow the Freedom of the Borough to Mr Rory Best OBE in recognition of his outstanding sporting achievements.

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Jonathan Rea

Jonathan Rea makes BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017 shortlist

Three times World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea has been included on the BBC Sports Personality of the Year shortlist
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