We use cookies to provide you with a better service. Carry on browsing if you're happy with this, or find out how to manage cookies.

7 great sport channels

Football, Rugby, UFC, GAA

All free when you join eir Broadband

Subscribe to eir Sport
Published: 16:56 | 11/4/16

Ulster trio set to miss Zebre match

Les Kiss' side lie fifth in Pro 12 table

Ulster are expected to be without Nick Williams, Stuart McCloskey and Louis Ludik for the Pro12 match against Zebre at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi on Saturday.

Ulster, who lie fifth with three fixtures of the Pro 12 season remaining, need to finish fourth to qualify for the play-offs, with matches against leaders Leinster at Ravenhill and the Ospreys at the Liberty Stadium to come.

And Kiss will have to do without Williams (shoulder) and Ludik (groin) in Italy, while Ireland centre McCloskey is "highly likely" to miss the game with a shoulder injury.

"It would be better if it was a bonus-point win on Saturday but every team fighting for a top-four spot will have pressure this weekend," Ulster director of rugby Kiss said.

"The Pro12 has been as tough as it's ever been and that has made it appealing.

"It's never easy to play away against Italian teams and and we know it is going to be tough - we can't go there with a soft mentality.

"Getting a top-four place is a realistic ambition and after this game will have a clearer picture of things.

""We just have to look after ourselves and the only thing that matters is this game with Zebre."

In other Ulster news, Marcell Coetzee has been ruled out for nine months with an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

The 24-year-old South Africa back row, who will join Ulster next season on a three-year deal, suffered the knee injury during the Sharks’ 24-9 defeat to Lions on Saturday.

Best not in favour of Six Nations changes

09:18 | Today

Rory Best has added his voice to those against the proposal to reduce the Six Nations to five weeks.

Gatland: Latecomers will be at a disadvantage

09:28 | 23/5/17

Latecomers will be playing catch-up when they link-up with the rest of the British and Irish Lions squad early next week, head coach Warren Gatland has warned.

Ross and Madigan in Barbarians squad

11:59 | 23/5/17

Mike Ross and Ian Madigan have been called into the Barbarians squad for the games against England and Ulster.

Injury concerns ease for Munster

14:47 | 22/5/17

Munster expect to be at full strength for Saturday's Guinness PRO12 final against the Scarlets.

Vunipola withdraws from Lions squad

08:54 | 22/5/17

Billy Vunipola has been forced to withdraw from the British and Irish Lions squad for the upcoming tour to New Zealand due to a shoulder injury.

What’s in the eir Sport Pack?

We’ve got heartstopping action across 7 great sports channels, with 42 Premier League games, every Champions League game and every Europa League game, as well as UFC, Allianz Leagues GAA, Golf, F1 and much more.