Stuart Olding of Ulster is tackled by Steffon Armitage (left) of Toulon  in Belfast last weekend. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Stuart Olding has been released from the Ireland camp to line out for Ulster against Newport-Gwent Dragons on saturday night (7.35pm).The centre, howe(...)

Ulster’s Nick Williams and Jared Payne dejected after the loss to Toulon at the weekend. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Inpho

I thought Ulster would be better than this. It was arguable going into the start of the European season that they were actually the best placed Irish (...)

Ian Madigan kicks the penalty that put Leinster into a winning lead in  their European Champions Cup match against Castres in France at weekend. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The European Champions Cup hasn’t exactly set the pulses racing just yet, has it? Maybe it was due to the nature of the arm wrestles that the Irish(...)

Leinster’s Jamie Heaslip tries to keep possession against Castres Olympique at the Stade Pierre Antoine yesterday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

It wasn’t pretty, but it was effective, and it’s left Leinster sitting pretty. The only away team to win in the Stade Pierre Antoine last season, Lein(...)

 Ulster’s Chris Henry, head coach Neil Doak and captain Rory Best during the post match press conference. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ulster coach Neil Doak refused to admit defeat in his side’s European campaign despite a second straight loss in Pool Three at the hands of champions(...)

Matt Giteau was voted best player in France last season as Toulon won the Top 14 and Heineken Cup double. Photograph: Remy Gabalda/ AFP/Getty Images

As the cards fell badly this week for Paddy Jackson and his international career, the arrival of Toulon and Matt Giteau to Belfast seems freighted wit(...)

Stuart Olding: returns to Ulster’s starting line-up for the visit of Toulon. Photo: Jonatahan Porter/Inpho

On paper these things sometimes seem to never quite add up. If you have Bakkies Botha, James O’Connor and Ali Williams and you leave them on the benc(...)

Paddy Jackson kicks the ball for Ulster. The outhalf faces Toulon’s Matt Giteau when Toulon visit Belfast for their Rugby Champions Cup match. Photograph:  Tony Marshall/Getty Images

Ulster coach Neil Doak, has made two changes to the team that lost to Leicester Tigers at Welford Road last week in the first round of the Rugby Ch(...)

Ulster coach Neil Doak: faces the reigning champions of France and Europe without long-term injured South African scrumhalf Ruan Pienaar and Irish locks Iain Henderson and Dan Touhy. Photograph: Inpho

Ulster coach Neil Doak may not have to scale the injury mountain that Matt O’Connor has to deal with at Leinster but he must plan without five of his(...)

 Chris Henry of Ulster breaks towards Leicester’s Owen Williams at welford Road last weekend. Photograph: Andrew Fosker / Presseye / Inpho

Ulster flanker Chris Henry admits the side are hurting after their seven-point European Champions Cup defeat to Leicester Tigers at Welford Road on Sa(...)