Ulster head coach Neil Doak: After an impressive league win at home to Glasgow in the first game after he was appointed full time, Ulster’s performances and results have fallen off badly.  Photo: Matt Mackey/Inpho/Presseye

Rarely has one decision appeared to have had such an impact. Ulster were flying. They had backed up a first win on French soil the season before with(...)

France’s Sebastien Vahaamahina on the charge. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

March 15th 2014 – Stade de France, Paris.The wonder is when not if it will happen. Ireland lead 22-20 as the seconds tick away. Not again. France refu(...)

Leinster flanker Rhys Ruddock leaves the pitch with his right arm in a sling following the European Champions Cup win over Saracens. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Rhys Ruddock’s arm injury looks set to curtail the 24-year-old’s breakthrough season at Test level. Capped at openside wing forward in the big Novembe(...)

Chris Henry at training. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland’s assistant coach Les Kiss has reinforced the prognosis that Ulster flanker Chris Henry will eventually play rugby again – following his recen(...)

Chris Henry. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ulster officials remain optimistic that Chris Henry will make a full recovery after undergoing heart surgery on Monday although, understandably, the(...)

Ulster are hopeful Chris Henry can return to professional rugby after operation. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Ulster are hoping Ireland flanker Chris Henry can get “back to playing professional rugby” after undergoing surgery on Monday.New Ulster manager Bryn (...)

Rhys Ruddock is held up during the Ireland vs Australia game in the Aviva Stadium: “It was mentally the most challenging game I’ve been involved in.” Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho 2:36

After November what do the rest of the world know about Ireland? “They got a very clear style of rugby and they are doing it well,” said Michael Chei(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt ahead of the Australia match at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt was taken to hospital after the 26-23 win over Australia with a suspected bout of a appendicitis. The Kiwi was unable to att(...)

Ulster hooker Rory Best goes through his paces with the Ireland squad at Carton House, Co Kildare. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland approach their final Guinness Series Test in ruder health than Joe Schmidt and the management ticket might have envisaged. Saturday’s rendezv(...)

An advertisement for 50, Jurgen Klinsmann during the USA’s training session in the Aviva. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho
The Morning Sports Briefing

As Ireland look to redeem themselves or as manager Martin O’Neill puts it; “get back to winning ways” against the USA in tonight’s international frien(...)