Iain Henderson: returned to the Ireland squad as a replacement against England following his recuperation from a hip injury. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The good word of Joe spreads to Belfast today as a reduced 17-man Ireland squad conduct an open training session, ably assisted by the Ulster Academy,(...)

Andrew Trimble has signed a two year contract extension with Ulster. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Inpho

Ulster and Ireland winger Andrew Trimble has signed a two year contract extension which will keep him at the province until June 2017. The 30-year-old(...)

Ulster’s Luke Marshall is back in the Ulster team for the visit of the Scarlets. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Presseye

Last weekend’s dramatic victory in Edinburgh - when Ulster somehow resisted being reduced to 13 men for the final six minutes - has ended up fuelling (...)

England’s centre Jonathan Joseph  evades the tackle of Wales winger George North to score a try during the Six Nations match at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP

Around and around it goes. Rugby would like to be rid of the issue but concussion has again troubled players over the weekend with at least three Six (...)

 Peter O’Mahony battling in his last match at the Stadio Olimpico, a time he calls a “dark old spot”.    Photograph: James Crombie/INPHO

Time heals all wounds. Well, almost. Peter O’Mahony can look back and manage the faintest of wry smiles now but it will never be an experience he wil(...)

Ireland’s Conor Murray in action: the scrumhalf has  been passed fit to play against Italy in Rome this Saturday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Conor Murray and Dave Kearney, two constants in last season’s victorious Six Nations side, have been passed fit to play against Italy in Rome this Sat(...)

Ulster’s Darren Cave goes over for his hat-trick try in the Champions Cup game against Leicester at Ravenhill. Photograph:  Darren Kidd/Inpho/Presseye

Ulster 26 Leicester 7Leicester’s already remote hopes of making the European Champions Cup quarter-finals were finally extinguished as Ulster ended th(...)

Ulster’s Iain Henderson will make his first start of the season against Leicester on Saturday. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Inpho

In one of eight Ulster changes Ireland international Iain Henderson has been named to start his first match of the season for Ulster against Leicester(...)

Jack Conan has been rewarded for a series of standout  displays for Leinster with a place in an extended 46-man Ireland and Wolfhounds squad. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Jack Conan’s standout season with Leinster has been rewarded with a place in Joe Schmidt’s extended 46-man Ireland squad for the opening Six Nations g(...)

Ulster coach Neil Doak: “We know that it’s not going to be easy this weekend.” Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Pride is to be tested in a match fraught with difficulty for Neil Doak’s Ulster side. Due to a combination of injury and the IRFU player welfare prog(...)