Ulster’s Darren Cave will line out in the centre alongside Luke Marshall. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

There were rumblings last week that Oyonnax players were very unhappy with head coach Olivier Azam and on Thursday the club rolled the dice by firi(...)

Ulster’s Paul Marshall impressed in his team’s away win over the Newport Gwent Dragons. Photograph: Craig Thomas/Inpho

NG Dragons 12 Ulster 19 A stuttering Ulster clicked into gear when it mattered most to earn a battling 19-12 Guinness Pro12 triumph over the Ne(...)

Sam Arnold has been named  at outside centre for Ulster’s clash with Cardiff Blues. Photograph:  Darren Kidd/Inpho/Presseye

Four games in and Ulster’s record already has a familiar feel to it. Two hefty home wins and the same number of defeats on the road have done s(...)

Craig Gilroy scored twice as Ulster routed Treviso on Friday night. Photograph: Inpho

Ulster 48 Treviso 7 Ulster really needed this one after their debacle at the Scarlets and on the night when Andrew Trimble made his 190th appearance t(...)

Andrew Trimble training with his Ulster team-mates at Kingspan Stadium, Belfast, on Thursday. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Inpho.

Ulster v Treviso Kingspan Stadium, 6.05 BBC2 NI At last there is something to market for Ulster’s return to action after their three-week World Cup en(...)

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt faces a number of difficult decisions when it comes to selecting his squad for the World Cup.

Some celebrated outside backs are likely to miss out on the Ireland 31-man squad when it is submitted to the World Cup organisers by 5pm on Monday. No(...)

Ireland’s Tommy Bowe will be hoping for an eyecatching performance against Edinburgh.

Ireland international wings Tommy Bowe and Andrew Trimble will start for Ulster in a pre-season game against Edinburgh at Goldenacre on Friday nigh(...)

Sean O’Brien captains Ireland in today’s Rugby World Cup warm-up match against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Mark Runnacles/PA Wire

The phoney war continues, although another audition for coveted World Cup places means this is anything but phoney for the protagonists. One- time sol(...)

Ireland scrum coach Greg Feek with Nathan White, Michael Bent and David Kilcoyne at the squad session at Carton House. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Whatever about keeping his powder dry, Joe Schmidt has held back many of his big guns for the showdown with Wales two weeks’ hence as auditioning for (...)

Keith Earls breaks with the ball to score an Ireland try during the international match against Wales at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images.

Wales 21 Ireland 35 The slickness of this performance was testimony to the coaching skills of Joe Schmidt and his staff, and the trademark(...)