Leinster’s Dominic Ryan goes over in the RDS yesterday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/INPHO 2:07

Maintaining a recurring theme from the opening weekend of the European Champions Cup, Leinster began brightly against English opposition, lost their w(...)

Leicester Tigers’ Graham Kitchener (right) goes over to score the opening try despite the efforts of Ulster’s Rory Best (left) during the European Rugby Champions Cup match at Welford Road, Leicester. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Leicester 25 Ulster 18Ulster left themselves a mountain to climb at Welford Road and ultimately fell short against Leicester Tigers, who put indiffere(...)

Tommy Bowe in action during Ulster’s recent Pro12 victory over Edinburgh. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Presseye/Inpho.

Senior members in the Ulster squad including Tommy Bowe were consulted before Neil Doak was appointed coach in the wake of a provincial cleanout of p(...)

Paul Marshall: “We’ve had good wins against Edinburgh and Glasgow and are a bit more buoyed but we know this will be the toughest test we’ve had this season.” Photo: Brian Thompson/Inpho

Andrew Trimble underwent a scan yesterday on an injured toe and it’s now unlikely the Ulster and Irish winger will take his place on the wing against(...)

Ian Humphreys: will start his 88th game for Ulster today when they take on Glasgow Warriors at Kingspan Stadium in Belfast. Photo: Darren Kidd/Inpho

The timing of Neil Doak’s accession to the Ulster throne as head coach sees him begin with the game of the weekend. First up are the upwardly mobile (...)

Neil Doak: “If you speak to a few of the players they’’ll probably say he won’t have too much difficulty playing the bad cop.” Photograph: Presseye/Inpho.

Neil Doak is surely as ready to be Ulster coach as he’ll ever be. He has been a coach for two decades now, having landed his first coaching job as a d(...)

Johnny  Sexton:  the Irish and Lions outhalf has been signed up as an ambassador for Topaz, the Denis O’Brien- owned Irish petroleum retail chain. Photograph: Nicolas Tucat/AFP/Getty Images

Philip Browne, the IRFU chief executive, has admitted that if the deal to bring Johnny Sexton back to Leinster on a four-year international contract w(...)

Les Kiss: delighted to get the security in the long term and is focused on next year. Photograph: Inpho/Presseye/Jonathan Porter

In addition to confirming that Neil Doak will be Ulster’s head coach on a full-time basis, the IRFU has also announced that Les Kiss will resume his d(...)

Ulster captain  Rory Best with new head coach Neil Doak (right). Photograph: Russell Pritchard / Presseye / Inpho

Neil Doak has been confirmed as the new head coach to Ulster Rugby by the IRFU. Assistant Ireland coach Les Kiss will step down as interim dire(...)

Neil Doak in discussion with Ulster captain Rory Best last week. Doak is set to succeed Mark Anscombe as Ulster coach over the next few days. Photograph: Inpho.

Neil Doak is this week set to be confirmed as the next head coach of Ulster in succession to Mark Anscombe, who parted company with the province at th(...)