Franco van der Merwe has signed a contract extention with Ulster. Photograph: Inpho

Ulster have announced secondrow Franco van der Merwe has signed a one-year contract extension, keeping him at Ravenhill until June 2017. The 32-year-(...)

Stuart Olding: the 22-year-old is in line to play his  first senior game since last March this Saturday  against Benetton Treviso.  Photograph: Giuseppe Fama/Inpho

With no time to dwell on their Champions Cup exit, Ulster enter a crucial six-game segment in the Pro12 which will go a long way to determining their (...)

Rory Best congratulates Ian Humphreys after his try for Ulster in the Champions Cup victory over Oyonnax at Kingspan Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ulster 56 Oyonnax 3 Ultimately, as a place in the quarter-finals was prised from their grasp as the weekend unfolded, Ulster were left to lament prev(...)

Ulster’s Nick Williams in action against Connacht. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Maybe it’s the relative lack of Irish interest, but the final weekend of what is now the European Champions Cup somehow used to seem more fun. Mathe(...)

Munster’s Dave Kilcoyne in full flight against Leicester Tigers: came through the Munster academy from the 2011-2012 season. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster’s recent Champions Cup victory over Bath at the RDS offered a glowing testimonial to the province’s academy, given the handsome contribution (...)

Connacht prop Rodney Ah You will join Ulster for next season. Photograph: Inpho

Connacht and Ireland prop Rodney Ah You is to join Ulster at the end of the season. Ah You joined Connacht in 2010 and has made more than 100 appeara(...)

A dejected Ulster captain Rory Best leaving the pitch after Saturday’s European Rugby Champions Cup defeat by Saracens in London. Photograph: Andrew Fosker/Inpho/Presseye

Ulster’s defeat represented systemic failure, rooted far deeper then the obvious shortcomings in the set piece. The malaise that permeated one aspect (...)

Ulster players celebrate victory over Oyonnax in the Champions Cup. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Presseye/Inpho

Ulster salvaged their own qualification hopes and with it Irish pride in the European Champions Cup on Oyonnax’s rain-soaked 4G surface in the Rhône-(...)

Ulster’s Kyle McCall in action against Munster’s Dave Kilcoyne. Photograph: Matt Mackey/Presseye/Inpho

This has been quite a breakthrough season for Kyle McCall. He didn’t make his full competitive debut until November, yet having started both of the b(...)

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(...)