Ulster director of rugby Les Kiss said of Paul O’Connell: “He’s just an icon and a man of great substance. When he spoke he was imposing and it was compelling.” Phptograph: Inpho

Naturally enough, it didn’t take long for Paul O’Connell’s retirement to feature at Ulster’s media day ahead of Friday’s Pro12 meeting with Glasgow Wa(...)

Seán O’Brien took a full part in Ireland’s training session at Carton House on Tuesday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Andrew Trimble (shoulder), Simon Zebo (knee) and Johnny Sexton (shoulder) all sat out training at Carton House on Tuesday but are expected to train on(...)

Ulster’s Jacob Stockdale is tackled by Dragons’ Angus O’Brien during the Guinness Pro12 at Kingspan Stadium in Belfast. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Inpho/Presseye

Ulster 17 Dragons 15 At least the sense of injustice north of the Border at the exclusion of both Stuart McCloskey and Paddy Jackson from Joe Schmi(...)

Sammy Arnold: “It was a difficult decision to leave but given Ulster’s depth of talent in midfield, I feel it’s the right time for me to make the move.” Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Ulster have confirmed that centre Sammy Arnold will join Munster on a two-year deal this summer. The 19-year-old former Irish Exiles player from Surr(...)

Paddy Jackson will not feature for Ireland against Wales after he was named in Ulster’s squad for their game against the Dragons on Friday night. Photograph: Inpho

Paddy Jackson is to miss out on Ireland’s squad for Sunday’s Six Nations opener against Wales after he was named in the Ulster 23 for their fixture on(...)

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 (...)

Conor Murray and Keith Earls have both signed new three-year IRFU deals that will keep them at Munster until the 2019 World Cup at least. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Keith Earls has rejected Saracens’ advances to sign a new three-year contact with Munster in a clear boost to Ireland’s battle to keep top talents on (...)

Ulster flanker Sean Reidy  drives for the try line despite the attentions of  Valentin Ursache of  Oyonnax during the Champions Cup game at Kingspan Stadium  in Belfast. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

An eight-try 56-3 thumping of Oyonnax put Ulster in as strong a position as they could have hoped for as they waited to learn whether it would be enou(...)

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(...)