Lewis Stevenson: “We perhaps let ourselves down a little bit which just adds to the frustration.” Photograph: Darren Kidd/Inpho

Ulster are hurting. The last two weekends in the European Rugby Champions Cup have seen them lose to Leicester Tigers at Welford Road and then watch T(...)

Luke Marshall at Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Photograph: Jonathan Porter/Inpho/Presseye

Luke Marshall has had his problems. Concussion followed by concussion along with Gordon D’Arcy’s refusal to go quietly into the international wildern(...)

Franco Van Der Merwe is one of three players making his competitive bow for Ulster tomorrow.

Llanelli Scarlets v Ulster (Parc Y Scarlets, kick-off 2.40pm, Live on Sky Sports) The sub-text to Ulster’s first match of the season under i(...)

Number eight Roger Wilson made his Ulster debut in 2003. Photograph: Inpho

As one of Ulster’s longest serving players, who made his debut almost 11 years ago and is embarking upon the third season of eight overall in what is (...)

Rory Best has been named Ulster captain after the departure of Johann Muller. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Inpho/Presseye

Ireland hooker Rory Best will take over from Johann Muller as the new captain of Ulster for the coming season. Best has played 152 times for his provi(...)

Mark Anscombe: had signed a one-year extension to his contract in February that would have kept him in situ until the end of the 2014-2015 season. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The niceties dictate that the phrase ‘parted company’ is employed but effectively Ulster have sacked Mark Anscombe. The New Zealander did not know wh(...)

Ulster’s Johann Muller during his lap of honour after his last game for the province on Saturday night. Photograph: Inpho

GERRY THORNLEYRegrets, Johann Muller will have a few for sure, but not about spending the last four years of his career with Ulster. And despite anot(...)

Ian Madigan goes over for the only try of the RaboDirect Pro12 semi-final against Ulster at the  RDS. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster 13 Ulster 9: Ian Madigan emerged as the match-winner for Leinster as his 72nd minute try decided Saturday evening’s attritional RaboDirect Pr(...)

Quinn Roux takes the place of the injured Mike McCarthy in the Leinster side to take on Ulster in the RaboDirect Pro12 semi-final at the RDS on Saturday night. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Quinn Roux will start alongside Devin Toner in the Leinster secondrow for Saturday night’s RaboDirect Pro12 semi-final against Ulster at the RDS after(...)

Johann Muller thanks the crowd after what may have been his final appearance at Ravenhill against Leinster last month.  Photograph: Brian Little/Inpho/Presseye.

They’re not quite on the scale of Clermont, but Ulster are becoming a little haunted by past failures, losing six of nine knock-out ties in their last(...)