Quinn Roux takes the place of the injured Mike McCarthy in the Leinster side to take on Ulster in the RaboDirect Pro12 semi-final at the RDS on Saturday night. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Quinn Roux will start alongside Devin Toner in the Leinster secondrow for Saturday night’s RaboDirect Pro12 semi-final against Ulster at the RDS after(...)

Rory Best, out since the Heineken Cup quarter-final defeat at home to Saracens six weeks ago, could make the Ulster side to meet Leinster in the RaboDirect Pro12 semi-final at the RDS on Saturday. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Inpho/Presseye

Ulster are set to receive a timely boost in advance of Saturday’s RaboDirect Pro 12 semi-final against Leinster at the RDS with the return of the h(...)

Brian O’Driscoll: Matt O’Connor maintained he’ll be okay for next Saturday’s semi-final game against Ulster at the RDS.

The end-of-season play-offs have a decidedly familiar ring to them, with Leinster earning their fifth home semi-final, Glasgow and Munster each in the(...)

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(...)

 Drew Mitchell of Toulon is tackled by Brian O’Driscoll  and Jimmy Gopperth of Leinster during the Heineken Cup quarter-final  at the Felix Mayol Stadium  in Toulon, France. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

And then there was one. Following on from Ulster’s heart-breaking exit, Leinster were unceremoniously turfed out of the last Heineken Cup as we(...)

Ruan Pienaar is expected to resume the goal-kicking duties against Saracens.

Ulster scrumhalf Ruan Pienaar will return for tomorrow evening’s home Heineken Cup quarter-final against Saracens (kick-off 6.30pm). Pienaar ha(...)

Ulster’s Ruan Pienaar goes off with a shoulder injury sustained against Scarlets in the Pro12 last month. Photograph: Inpho.

“He’s progressing, we’re hopeful that he’ll be ready to go,” says Mark Anscombe. The Ulster coach smiles and whil(...)

Dan Tuohy is back in the Ulster starting line-up for tomorrow’s Rabo Pro12 trip to Cardiff after recovering from the broken arm he suffered aga(...)

Stephen Ferris training with Ulster at Ravenhill  on Thursday. The Ireland flanker will start on the bench against Scarlets on Friday. Photograph: Matt Mackey Inpho/Presseye

Ireland flanker Stephen Ferris is set to make his first appearance in 16 months after being named on the bench for Ulster’s RaboDirect 12 clash(...)

Leicester’s Manu Tuilagi has been recalled to the matchday 23 for England’s Six Nations finale against Italy in Rome. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images.

England are hoping to use Manu Tuilagi as a “wrecking ball” as they go in search of a convincing Six Nations victory over Italy in Rome on Satu(...)