World number one golfer Rory McIlroy at half time presents his Claret Jug for winning the British Open. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ulster 13 Connacht 10 “Watch your laptop this could go anywhere,” goes a local scribe as Paddy Jackson aimed a penalty down the tramline. A(...)

Paddy Jackson returns from a shoulder injury for Ulster’s Guinness Pro 12 clash with Connacht on St Stephen’s Day. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Inpho/Presseye/

Ireland international outhalf Paddy Jackson returns from a shoulder injury to take his place in the Ulster side for the sold-out Guinness Pro 12 fixtu(...)

Paddy Jackson and Ruan Pienaar: Ulster will hope the pair are passed fit to face Connacht. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Pat Lam probably doesn’t know that Connacht’s last win in Belfast was as far back as 1960. Roy Orbison had a number one with Only the Lonely and Lam w(...)

Ulster head coach Neil Doak: After an impressive league win at home to Glasgow in the first game after he was appointed full time, Ulster’s performances and results have fallen off badly.  Photo: Matt Mackey/Inpho/Presseye

Rarely has one decision appeared to have had such an impact. Ulster were flying. They had backed up a first win on French soil the season before with(...)

Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton:  resigned to being out of action until at least February 14th, the day Ireland play France at the Aviva Stadium. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland will have to begin the defence of their Six Nations crown against Italy without Johnny Sexton, who is resigned to being out of action until F(...)

Philips Manager of the Year Joe Schmidt with his award following the ceremony at the Shelbourne Hotel: “It’s humbling because of the competition that is here today.”

Despite the mass influx, Joe Schmidt is the only foreign rugby coach to be named Philips Sports Manager of the Year.Not the first foreigner, mind. Th(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton, at today’s launch. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

A cross-Border bid for Ireland to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup was formally launched by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Northern Ireland’s First Minister Peter(...)

Ulster’s Ruan Pienaar: his huge influence as an experienced international, a kicker and a physical scrumhalf has been particularly missed by Ulster.  Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Former and current Ulster players will be attending the Service of Thanksgiving for Ireland and Lions outhalf, Jack Kyle, which takes place this afte(...)

Keith Earls at a Munster squad training session at University of Limerick, Limerick in October. The winger has never played under Joe Schmidt for Ireland. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Keith Earls’ international injury nightmare could be about to come to an end with the Munster winger on track for a January return which could leave (...)

Ulster’s Paddy Jackson goes off with a shoulder injury last Friday night. Photograph: Russell Pritchard/Inpho

Paddy Jackson has been ruled out until the New Year after picking up a shoulder injury during Ulster’s win over the Ospreys last Friday night. The out(...)