The exciting and record-setting rugby on offer in the Guinness PRO12 this season has driven up the anticipation for the Championship’s first-ever Big Weekend. The tournament organisers have taken the Guinness PRO12’s tribal clashes and new rivalries and grouped them into six rounds across the season to give supporters an unprecedented showcase of rugby within Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales.

Get your tickets for Connacht v Ulster here.

Connacht v Ulster
Friday 7th October
At The Sportsground, 7.35pm .
Live on TG4 / BBC Northern Ireland

Referee: Gary Conway (IRFU, 24th competition game)
Assistant Referees: Dudley Phillips, Leo Colgan (both IRFU)
Citing Commissioner: Wayne Sheridan (IRFU)
TMO: Peter Fitzgibbon (IRFU)

Did you know?

  • Connacht Rugby earned the first league point of their 2016/17 Guinness PRO12 campaign courtesy of a bonus point victory over Edinburgh in Galway on Friday.
  • The reigning champions finished last season with a won four lost three record against fellow Irish provinces in the Championship.
  • Ulster Rugby maintained their perfect start to the new Guinness PRO12 campaign with a fifth successive victory, albeit a narrow one, over Ospreys in Belfast on Saturday.
  • Ulster’s only defeat in their last five away games came in last season’s semi-final against Leinster at the RDS Arena.
  • Connacht have beaten Ulster just once in their last twenty encounters: 26-21 at the Sportsground in April 2012.


Date Venue



Connacht scorers Ulster scorers
Sat 21 Sep 13 Sportsground



Dan Parks(T/C) Paddy Jackson(T/C/2P) Mike Allen(T)
Fri 11 Apr 14 Kingspan Stadium



Dave McSharry(T) Darragh Leader(T) Miah Nikora(C) Craig Gilroy(T) Paddy Jackson(5C/2P) Luke Marshall(T) James McKinney(C) Tommy Bowe(T) Paul Marshall(2T) Andrew Trimble(3T)
Fri 26 Dec 14 Kingspan Stadium



Jack Carty(C/P) Aly Muldowney(T) Craig Gilroy(T) Paddy Jackson(C/2P)
Sat 11 Apr 15 Sportsground



Matt Healy(T) Tiernan O’Halloran(T) Jack Carty(C/P) Miah Nikora(C/P) Craig Gilroy(T) Rory Best(T) Tommy Bowe(2T) Ruan Pienaar(C) Louis Ludik(T)
Sat 26 Dec 15 Sportsground



Aj MacGinty(P) Paddy Jackson(C/P) Nick Williams(T)
Fri 1 Apr 16 Kingspan Stadium



Caolin Blade(T) Shane O’Leary(C/P) Craig Gilroy(T) Paddy Jackson(C/2P) Rory Best(T)


Overall Guinness PRO12 head to head record:

Played 26, Connacht won 3, Ulster won 22 and 1 game drawn.

COMPARISON Connacht Ulster
Last 3 results: 10 Sep – Ospreys (H) L 11-32 16 Sep – Scarlets (H) W 19-8
  24 Sep – Scarlets (A) L 8-17 23 Sep – Glasgow (A) W 22-17
  30 Sep – Edinburgh (H) W 28-15 1 Oct – Ospreys (H) W 9-7
PRO12 2016/17 9th – W1 D0 L3 – 5pts 1st – W5 D0 L0 – 21pts
2016/17 form LLlW (5pts) WwWwW (21pts)
Top try scorer 3 – Niyi Adeolokun 2 – Rob Herring, Rob Lyttle, Ruan Pienaar
Top points scorer 17 – Jack Carty 30 – Paddy Jackson



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