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(...)

Cian Healy is a picture of dejection after Ireland lose to Wales in the 2011 World Cup quarter-final. Photography: Greg Wood/AFP/Getty Images)

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory(...)

Chris Henry at training. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland’s assistant coach Les Kiss has reinforced the prognosis that Ulster flanker Chris Henry will eventually play rugby again – following his recen(...)

Five Ireland players – Paul O’Connell, Peter O’Mahony, Jamie Heaslip, Rhys Ruddock and Jack McGrath – broke the 24-tackle count over two games during Autumn Internationals. The choke still works. Photograph: Inpho

Michael Cheika may not have been as magnanimous as Heyneke Meyer in defeat to Ireland but both the Australia and South Africa head coaches were of (...)

Tevita Kuridrani of Australia escapes France’s Yoann Huget during their Test match at the Stade de France, Paris on November 15th. Photograph: Reuters.

This is the most significant autumn international in many years, yet this match has nothing to do with November internationals.There are two fine coac(...)

Paul O’Connell and Conor Murray during Ireland’s captain’s run at the  Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland-Australia matches don’t tend to do dull, and with a favourable forecast this should be no different. Like all previous match-ups, this will be(...)

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(...)

Ireland  coach Joe Schmidt speaks to his players before the game against South Africa.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

It’s possibly just as well that the Irish defensive system had its late malfunction to allow JP Pietersen in for South Africa’s consolation try. This (...)

South Africa’s Duane Vermeulen tries to stop Ireland outhalf Johnny Sexton at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: PA.

On 41 minutes and 39 seconds Devin Toner rose unopposed to field Seán Cronin’s lineout throw. Ireland had once again varied the target and this one(...)

Ireland’s Rhys Ruddock makes a break for the tryline with the support of Paul O’Connell during Ireland’s victory over South Africa on Saturday. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Ireland 29 South Africa 15 After the biffing and boshing Ireland took in the second quarter, the 6-3 lead looked a little flimsy and there we(...)