Sam Windsor will make his first competitive start for Ulster in Friday’s home game against Glasgow in Belfast. Photograph: Matt Mackey/Inpho/Presseye

Former Worcester outhalf Sam Windsor will make his competitive debut in Ulster’s home game against Glasgow Warriors on Friday night (7.30pm). The 28-(...)

Ruan Pienaar and Robbie Diack (R) both start for Ulster against the Dragons. Photograph: Inpho

Despite having a number of high profile absentees due to injury and international duty, Ulster boss Les Kiss has been able to name a strong line-up fo(...)

Andrew Trimble is supported by Craig Gilroy during the Champions Cup match against Oyonnax: Ulster bring their wingers into the game at every  opportunity. Photo:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

With eight days to go to the Six Nations I wonder about Ireland. Is it style first, then player selection? Or is it the other way around? Why is this (...)

Rory Best congratulates Ian Humphreys after his try for Ulster in the Champions Cup victory over Oyonnax at Kingspan Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ulster 56 Oyonnax 3 Ultimately, as a place in the quarter-finals was prised from their grasp as the weekend unfolded, Ulster were left to lament prev(...)

Ulster’s Nick Williams in action against Connacht. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Maybe it’s the relative lack of Irish interest, but the final weekend of what is now the European Champions Cup somehow used to seem more fun. Mathe(...)

Jared Payne:  Silver lining in Ulster’s defeat in London last Saturday was the performance of Jared Payne at fullback. Presseye/Stephen Hamilton

Darren Cave and Nick Williams are available for selection for Ulster’s pivotal Champions Cup clash with Oyonnax at the Kingspan Stadium on Saturday as(...)

Munster Head Coach Anthony Foley has made three changes to his side to play Stade Francais at Thomond Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

A curious quirk of the ill-judged fixture planning for the penultimate round of pool games in the two European competitions is that all four Irish sid(...)

Jared Payne could return to Ulster for their Champions Cup trip to play Saracens. Photograph:   James Crombie/Inpho

Jared Payne looks set to return to competitive action this weekend for the first time since damaging his foot while playing for Ireland against Romani(...)

 Rory Scholes stretches to score  Ulster’s first try in the Champions Cup Pool 1 game against Oyonnax at  Stade Charles Mathon. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Inpho/Presseye

Oyonnax 23 Ulster 24 Oyannax won the first half 23-0, whereupon Ulster won the second 24-0. Just like that. If the first half suggested Ulster’s stre(...)

Craig Gilroy will start this weekend in the Champions Cup. Photograph: Getty Images

Ulster’s director of rugby Les Kiss has made eight changes to his team for this weekend’s European Rugby Champions Cup tie with Oyonnax at Stade Charl(...)