Ulster’s Sam Arnold is tackled by Connacht’s Ciaran Gaffney during an ‘A’ Interprovincial at Deramore Park in Belfast. Photograph:  Darren Kidd/Inpho/Presseye/

Ulster have confirmed that centre Sammy Arnold will join Munster on a two-year deal this summer. The 19-year-old former Irish Exiles player from Surr(...)

Chris Ashton will miss the Six Nations after he saw his appeal against a 10-week ban turned down. Photograph: Getty

Chris Ashton’s hopes of playing for England in the Six Nations Championship this season are over. An independent appeal committee has decided not to (...)

Saracens are to appeal Chris Ashton’s 10-week ban he received for an incident involving Ulster’s Luke Marshall. Photograph: Inpho

Saracens are to appeal the 10-week suspension given to England wing Chris Ashton for making contact with the eye area of Ulster’s Luke Marshall. The(...)

Ulster flanker Sean Reidy  drives for the try line despite the attentions of  Valentin Ursache of  Oyonnax during the Champions Cup game at Kingspan Stadium  in Belfast. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

An eight-try 56-3 thumping of Oyonnax put Ulster in as strong a position as they could have hoped for as they waited to learn whether it would be enou(...)

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(...)

Ulster’s Luke Marshall and Ultan Dillane of Connacht are both named in Ireland’s Six Nations squad.

WINNERS Ultane Dillane The 22-year-old is the biggest bolter, his impressive form this season earning him a call-up. Parisian-born (his father is fr(...)

Chris Ashton had been named in England’s Elite Player Squad for the RBS Six Nations. Photograph: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

Saracens winger Chris Ashton has been suspended for 10 weeks for making contact with the eye of Ulster’s Luke Marshall - putting his hopes of a Six N(...)

Rory Best: Candidacy will not have been harmed by reports of his half-time rallying call which contributed to Ulster’s comeback from 23-0 down to win in Oyannax . Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Rory Best is the odds-on favourite to be named as the next captain of the Irish rugby team when Joe Schmidt announces a squad of around 36 or 37 playe(...)

Jared Payne:  Silver lining in Ulster’s defeat in London last Saturday was the performance of Jared Payne at fullback. Presseye/Stephen Hamilton

Darren Cave and Nick Williams are available for selection for Ulster’s pivotal Champions Cup clash with Oyonnax at the Kingspan Stadium on Saturday as(...)