Andrew Trimble returns to the Ulster backline for their  Pro12 clash against Edinburgh at Ravenhill. Photograph: Inpho.

Ulster have almost completely revised their team for the visit of Edinburgh with outside centre Jared Payne one of 10 personnel changes to the side. (...)

Tommy Bowe: Ireland international set to take the field against Cardiff. Photograph: William Cherry/Presseye/Inpho

As Italian side Zebre continue their Irish mini tour with Munster tonight, they may feel that the 33-13 hiding they got in Belfast last week was the w(...)

From left, Phoenix Whelan; his ‘fairy oddmother’, Rebecca Halliday; and his mother, Jackie Freer

At Easter, some godparents are making the rounds with chocolate Easter eggs, while others are preparing to attend First Communions and Confirmation(...)

Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton goes past the massive figure of Mathieu Bastareaud of France to score a try during last Saturday’s Six Nations Championship finale at the Stade de France in Paris.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Having reviewed much of last weekend with Austin Savage and co I finally said goodbye to the Barnhall Basher on Sunday evening. I then headed o(...)

Andrew Trimble goes past the tackle of Scotland’s Stuart Hogg to score Ireland’s  first try at the Aviva. Photograph: PA

To belittle the performance because of a lack of perfection is everyone’s prerogative. But in Joe Schmidt’s first outing, the winning of the match was(...)

Ireland’s Andrew Trimble goes past the tackle of Scotland’s Stuart Hogg to score his side’s first try during yesterday’s Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Photograph: Inpho

To belittle the performance because of a lack of perfection is everyone’s prerogative. But in Joe Schmidt’s first outing, the winning of the match was(...)

Iain Henderson, seen here  beating England Saxons captain Calum Clark to a  lineout ball  at Kingsholm Stadium last week, could force his way into the senior Ireland reckoning. Photograph:  Stu Forster/Getty Images)

“There is no more mortal poison than indifference”. Irish Times columnist Lara Marlowe, reflecting on French President François Hollande in her piece (...)

Last Sunday evening I kept wondering why Seattle Seahawks avoided the quarterback throw and insisting on running the ball as their Seán O’Brien, runni(...)

“I recall Robert De Niro’s portrayal of Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull and can’t but help think of Martin Moore (and Stephen Archer et al) as they learn their trade.” Photograph: Donall Farmer

According to playwright Diane Grant, it’s better to walk alone than with a crowd going in the wrong direction. I’m not sure Grant had power plays in p(...)

Good footballers bounce back, the weaker ones don’t. For Ulster coach Mark Anscombe it is  about managing players like outhalf Paddy Jackson through  the good and the bad times. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Inpho/Presseye.

Sometimes the impression given of Ulster, largely by the questions asked, is they are worthy but dull. Trouper professionals and ambitious, but button(...)