Match Preview: Connacht Rugby v Ulster Rugby

Match Preview: Connacht Rugby v Ulster Rugby

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Match Previews

After a great start to the season, the Ulster men will be looking to continue their winning streak on Saturday when they face an interprovincial challenge for the first time this season.

Here is everything you need to know about the game...  
  • Competition: United Rugby Championship, Round 5
  • Venue: Aviva Stadium, Dublin
  • Date: Saturday 23 October
  • Kick-off: 5:15pm
  • Match Officials: Referee: Andrew Brace (IRFU, 70th competition game), Assistant Referees: Peter Martin, Paul Haycock (both IRFU), TMO: Olly Hodges (IRFU)
  • Live TV: Premier Sports (How to watch Ulster in the URC)
Key Stats
  • Overall URC head-to-head record: Played 37, Connacht won 9, Ulster won 27 with 1 match drawn.
  • Connacht have won only once in the opening four rounds of the United Rugby Championship: 34-7 at home to the Bulls on 1 October.
  • Top of the table Ulster have won their last five United Rugby Championship matches since Leinster beat them in the Rainbow Cup in May.
  • Ulster have made five previous visits to Aviva Stadium in the Championship and have yet to record a victory.
  • The last six meetings between the two provinces in the Championship have been evenly split with three wins apiece.
  • The two sides have met just once before at Aviva Stadium - in August 2020 - with Connacht winning 26-20.
Last Time out
The last time Connacht hosted Ulster was in December 2020. An impressive performance from Ulster saw them record a 19-32 win at The Sportsground.  
Upcoming Home Fixtures
Tickets for the upcoming home Heineken Champions Cup fixtures against Northampton Saints and ASM Clermont Auvergne, plus the interprovincial derbies versus Connacht and Leinster, are now on general sale. For full details and to purchase match tickets, click here.  

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