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(...)

Mark Anscombe has left Ulster despite extending his contract as recently as February. Photograph: Inpho

Ulster have parted ways with their coach, Mark Anscombe, coming less than a month after the Irish province’s director of rugby David Humphreys left to(...)

The draws for the  European Rugby Champions Cup and   Challenge Cup Pool Draws took place in Neuchatel. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ulster, beaten quarter-finalists last season and beaten finalists in 2011, have been handed a brutal draw in the newly styled Rugby Champions Cup pool(...)

Stuart Hogg of Glasgow Warriors has been dropped from the Glasgow Warriors’ squad for the Pro12 final against Leinster at the RDS on Saturday. Photograph: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images.

Stuart Hogg will not play any part in Saturday’s Pro12 final at the RDS. The Scotland fullback has been excluded from Gregor Townsend’s squad as he ac(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Ulster’s Michael Heaney avoids the tackles of Munster’s Casey Laulala and Felix Jones to score a try during the RaboDirect Pro 12 game Thomond Park. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster 17 Ulster 19: Ulster would have taken most of the encouragement and the plaudits from this encounter long before the end, but as it transpired(...)

Munster head coach Rob Penney has made 10 changes to his line-up for the visit of Ulster to Thomond Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Zebre’s surprise late win over the Ospreys last week did Ulster a double favour, for having cemented their place in the play-offs the following night (...)

Ulster’s Jared Payne, who returns from his ERC two-game suspension against Leinster tonight, makes a break against the Scarlets in an earlier Pro12 game.

Ulster’s hold on a play-off place had looked under threat entering the penultimate round of regular season Pro12 matches but all that changed when Gug(...)

Hanno Dirksen of the Ospreys finds himself short on options against Zebre. Photograph: Federico Matteucci/Inpho

Zebre 30 Ospreys 27 Zebre did Ulster a huge favour this evening as they held on for a narrow win against the Ospreys, seriously damaging the We(...)