Ulster outhalf Paddy Jackson: his form as playmaker-cum-goalkicker is atoning for the somewhat so-so form of Ruan Pienaar this season. Photograph:  Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

The 12th and last interpro derby of the regular Guinness Pro 12 season is as significant and seismic as any of the 11 that have preceded it. Aside fr(...)

Johnny Sexton starts for Leinster against Ulster. Photograph: Inpho

Johnny Sexton returns to the Leinster side for Saturday’s inter-provincial clash with Ulster. Sexton’s last appearance saw him score 16 points to gu(...)

Craig Gilroy (left) and Tommy Bowe come in to the Ulster side for their Pro12 game against Zebre in Parma. Photograph: Stephen Hamilton/Inpho.

Zebre v Ulster, Stadio Lanfranchi, Parma, Satuirday, 4pm Irish time (BBC 1) Ulster, like so many teams on this taut run-in for a home semi-final pl(...)

Robbie Henshaw starts at fullback for Connacht against Ulster on Friday night. Photograph: Inpho

Ulster and Connacht welcome back their international heavyweights for Friday night’s Pro 12 fixture at Ravenhill. Les Kiss’s side are currently fifth(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt smiles at a press conference after the Six Nations win over Scotland at Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Joe Schmidt is the sort of guy who could take positives from an elephant stampede though a mud hut village. Then when things go well for Ireland, the(...)

Josh van der Flier: in Ireland training on Tuesday ahead of facing Scotland in the Six Nations. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Amid all the misplaced critiques surrounding Joe Schmidt’s supposedly conservative selections, it’s no wonder the head coach has elevated Josh van der(...)

Luke Marshall will start alongside Sammy Arnold in the Ulster midfield for the first time against Cardiff. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Inpho.

Cardiff v Ulster, Cardiff Arms Park, Sunday, 2.30pm BBC2 NI Both sides hope to rebound from defeats, Ulster falling to Scarlets last week and Cardi(...)

Paddy Jackson leads Ulster against Cardiff. Photograph: Inpho

Paddy Jackson captains a strong Ulster side for their trip to play Cardiff Blues on Sunday. He forms a halfback partnership with Ruan Pienaar, while (...)

Ulster’s Craig Gilroy finishes off a brilliant try despite the attemped tackle from Sacrlets’    Gareth Owen during the Guinness Pro 12 game  at Kingspan Stadium in Belfast. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Inpho/Presseye

Ulster 20 Scarlets 21 This time there was no get out of jail card for Ulster and their recent trend of still managing to win despite clearly misfirin(...)

Outhalf Paddy Jackson will captain Ulster against the Scarlets. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Press Eye

Ulster v Scarlets, Kingspan Stadium, Sunday, 3pm (BBC) Stuart Olding continues to display his versatility by once again lining out at fullback in (...)