26 November 2021
John Cooney. Credit: INPHO/Bryan Keane

Hello and welcome back!

Not much has happened since our last newsletter... just the small matter of three Ireland wins, second caps for a trio of Ulstermen, another becoming a Welsh international, and an ill-timed injury to the skipper.

With all that having gone on, Ulster's momentum-sapping defeat at the hands of Connacht all the way back in late October feels like half a season ago.

But the northern province are back in action tomorrow, returning to their unhappiest of hunting grounds when they head to the RDS to face Leinster in what is a top of the table clash in the United Rugby Championship.

John Cooney is back for Dan McFarland's side - and tomorrow you can read his thoughts on the form of his young understudy Nathan Doak online and in print in the Belfast Telegraph. In the meantime, in the links below we have pieces looking ahead to this key block of the season from Michael Sadlier and Ruaidhri O'Connor while I've been catching up with former Ulster hero Tyrone Howe who will be back on his old stomping ground of Dungannon this weekend as part of the Vodafone Lions Legacy Tour.

As always, we have our Ulster Rugby Round-Up podcast there too and, in case you missed it during the week, a write-up of Dan McFarland's press briefing when Iain Henderson, Duane Vermuelen and Steven Kitschoff were all on the agenda.

Enjoy the weekend's rugby!

Jonathan

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