Leinster prop Marty Moore looks set to miss the rest of the season as he is due to undergo a second surgery this season on a shoulder injury. Photo:    Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Marty Moore’s season appears to be over after damaging his shoulder against Toulon. The 24-year-old requires a second surgery since October, with the(...)

Declan Fitzpatrick scoring a try against the Dragons. The tighthead who was strong in the scrum and a marauding presence in the loose made 98 appearances for Ulster. Photograph: Inpho

Happenstance. In June 2004, Ireland and New Zealand contested the under-21 Rugby World Championship final at Hughenden in Glasgow. Declan Fitzpatrick (...)

Declan Fitzpatrick has announced his early retirement from rugby following a string of head injuries. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland international and Ulster prop Declan Fitzpatrick has announced his early retirement from rugby due to head injuries.The 31-year-old made seven(...)

Ulster skipper Rory Best makes a try-saving tackle on Ospreys’ Dan Evans during the   Guinness Pro12 match at  Liberty Stadium. Photograph: Ashley Crowden/Inpho

Ospreys 31 Ulster 20Something had to give when the league’s best attack faced the top defence and unfortunately for Ulster, it was their tackling that(...)

Ulster centre Darren Cave  breaks clear to score a try during the European Champions Cup match against Scarlets at parc y Scarlets. Photograph:    Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Scarlets 22 Ulster 13James Davies scored a late try as Scarlets beat Ulster 22-13 at Parc y Scarlets to keep their chances alive of reaching the knock(...)

Ulster’s Darren Cave scores a try despite the tackle of Scarlets’ Scott Williams during the European Rugby Champions Cup match at  Kingspan Stadium in Belfast. Photograph:  Darren Kidd/Inpho/Presseye

Ulster 24 Scarlets 9Ulster delivered the bonus-point victory but the tariff was mighty high in terms of injuries. During the course of a hard-fought c(...)

Former Ireland under-20 centre Rory Scannell starts at number 12 for Munster. Photograph: Inpho.

  Cardiff Blues v Munster Arms Park, 5.15pm Sky Sports 2 Glancing ahead to the November internationals plenty can be inferred fro(...)

 Connacht’s Robbie Henshaw looks set to start at outside centre against South Africa in Dublin on November 8th.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne / Inpho

Joe Schmidt sent out mixed messages regarding the identity of the player to fill the number 13 jersey against South Africa on Saturday week, though ap(...)

 Stuart Olding of Ulster is tackled by Steffon Armitage (left) of Toulon  in Belfast last weekend. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Stuart Olding has been released from the Ireland camp to line out for Ulster against Newport-Gwent Dragons on saturday night (7.35pm).The centre, howe(...)

Mike Ross in action against Argentina in the second Test of the  2014 summer tour. Photograph: INPHO/Billy Stickland

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt is fully conversant with the difference between an epidemic and a pandemic as yet another injury has hit his already-emaciat(...)