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(...)

The value of Munster’s bonus point courtesy of that repeat 26-19 defeat at Stade Marcel-Michelin now  looks even more pronounced. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

The turkeys mightn’t taste so good this Christmas for the Irish provinces, and with two Pro12 derbies on St Stephen’s Day, the travelling away teams, (...)

Ireland rugby captain Paul O’Connell and head coach Joe Schmidt walk out at the Aviva Stadium ahead of the final game   in the three-game  Guinness Series against Australia on Saturday. Photograph: Inpho

Let’s do “a Joe” on it here, for, in many ways, Ireland merely achieved what by rights should have been expected of them, especially if they are to ta(...)

Guinness Series, Aviva Stadium, Dublin   Ireland vs Georgia, Stuart Olding runs in for a try. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Darren Cave, Craig Gilroy and Stuart Olding, have all been released by Ireland and will start for Ulster against Ospreys at Kingspan Stadium tomorr(...)

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(...)

Jared Payne injured his foot during the victory over South Africa and has failed to recover in time to face the Wallabies at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday

Jared Payne has been ruled out of consideration for the Ireland team ahead of Saturday’s test match against Australia at the Aviva stadium. The Ulster(...)

International flanker Chris Henry was forced to withdraw from the Ireland squad on the morning of the Test match against South Africa. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

Ireland and Ulster flanker Chris Henry will undergo further specialist neurological assessment to determine why he suffered what has been confirmed “(...)

Chris Henry’s injury was initially suspected to have been a viral illness or severe migraine. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland and Ulster flanker Chris Henry will undergo further specialist neurological assessment to determine why he suffered what has been confirmed “a(...)

Guinness Autumn International, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 8/11/2014 Ireland vs South Africa Springboks Ireland’s Devin Toner, Paul O’Connell and Rhys Ruddock with Bismarck du Plessis of South Africa SpringboksMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

I watched Rhys Ruddock play against South Africa with great joy. I had nothing to do with his journey in becoming an international rugby player(...)

Darren Cave in action during Ireland’s training session at Carton House on Friday. The Ulster centre has been named in the side to play Georgia on Sunday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho 3:55

In from the cold comes Darren Cave, despite losing his centre berth at Ulster to Jared Payne this season, while Munster lock Dave Foley and Leinster f(...)