Sam Windsor will make his first competitive start for Ulster in Friday’s home game against Glasgow in Belfast. Photograph: Matt Mackey/Inpho/Presseye

Former Worcester outhalf Sam Windsor will make his competitive debut in Ulster’s home game against Glasgow Warriors on Friday night (7.30pm). The 28-(...)

Andrew Trimble is supported by Craig Gilroy during the Champions Cup match against Oyonnax: Ulster bring their wingers into the game at every  opportunity. Photo:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

With eight days to go to the Six Nations I wonder about Ireland. Is it style first, then player selection? Or is it the other way around? Why is this (...)

Franco van der Merwe has signed a contract extention with Ulster. Photograph: Inpho

Ulster have announced secondrow Franco van der Merwe has signed a one-year contract extension, keeping him at Ravenhill until June 2017. The 32-year-(...)

Ulster flanker Sean Reidy  drives for the try line despite the attentions of  Valentin Ursache of  Oyonnax during the Champions Cup game at Kingspan Stadium  in Belfast. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

An eight-try 56-3 thumping of Oyonnax put Ulster in as strong a position as they could have hoped for as they waited to learn whether it would be enou(...)

Ulster’s Nick Williams in action against Connacht. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Maybe it’s the relative lack of Irish interest, but the final weekend of what is now the European Champions Cup somehow used to seem more fun. Mathe(...)

A dejected Ulster captain Rory Best leaving the pitch after Saturday’s European Rugby Champions Cup defeat by Saracens in London. Photograph: Andrew Fosker/Inpho/Presseye

Ulster’s defeat represented systemic failure, rooted far deeper then the obvious shortcomings in the set piece. The malaise that permeated one aspect (...)

Munster Head Coach Anthony Foley has made three changes to his side to play Stade Francais at Thomond Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

A curious quirk of the ill-judged fixture planning for the penultimate round of pool games in the two European competitions is that all four Irish sid(...)

Jared Payne could return to Ulster for their Champions Cup trip to play Saracens. Photograph:   James Crombie/Inpho

Jared Payne looks set to return to competitive action this weekend for the first time since damaging his foot while playing for Ireland against Romani(...)

Ulster’s Craig Gilroy is tackled by Semi Kutanami of Toulouse: Gilroy returns as fullback for the clash with Oyonnax. Photograph: Pascal Pavani/Presseye/Inpho

Just like Munster today, Ulster are in French must-win territory tomorrow. The difference is that although Oyonnax are only two places behind Stade F(...)

Rory Best returns to lead Les Kiss’s Ulster against Toulouse. Photograph: Inpho

Alan O’Connor will make just his 15th appearance for Ulster after being named in the secondrow alongside Franco van der Merwe for Friday night’s Champ(...)