Ulster’s Paddy Jackson returns to action against Cardiff after recovering from a cracked elbow suffered against Toulon. Photograph: Franck Pennant/INPHO/Presseye

Ulster, finally, are looking like themselves again. The return of Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding, both after cracked elbows against Toulon in Januar(...)

This try against the Dragons was one of five in Craig Gilroy’s last four games for Ulster. Photograph: Ian Cook/Inpho.

Craig Gilroy is normally a chilled spectator but during the course of last Saturday’s Six Nations three-game box set, his demeanour was a great deal m(...)

Ulster’s Paddy Jackson will return to training on Tuesday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Paddy Jackson looks set to make his return for Ulster in the club’s PRO12 match against Cardiff Blues later in the month. The young outhalf has been s(...)

Ulster outhalf Ian Humphreys says province are determined to win the block of four matches during the Six Nations. Photograph: Darren Griffiths/Presseye/Inpho

Ulster initially suffered the January blues. They lost a Guinness Pro12 match to Leinster and then, despite a defiant and gutsy four-try salvo against(...)

Kieran Marmion: “Joe doesn’t really take any backward steps. When you are in here you really have to know what is going on. You have to know the detail. They won’t wait for you. That certainly does take some getting used to. You have to adapt quickly or else you get left behind.”

Isaac Boss has not started in a Six Nations match for over seven years. Eoin Reddan and Conor Murray are injury concerns with the Irish management moo(...)

Ian Madigan, who may play at outhalf on Friday for the Wolfhounds, will be looking to bounce back after uncharacteristically missing four kicks against Wasps. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

As Joe Schmidt seeks a solution to his outhalf problem for the first of the Six Nations Championship games in Rome, Irish management will look to Ian (...)

Jack Conan has been rewarded for a series of standout  displays for Leinster with a place in an extended 46-man Ireland and Wolfhounds squad. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Jack Conan’s standout season with Leinster has been rewarded with a place in Joe Schmidt’s extended 46-man Ireland squad for the opening Six Nations g(...)

Ireland and Leinster prop Cian Healy is nearing a return. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Cian Healy is poised to feature for the Ireland Wolfhounds against the England Saxons at Musgrave Park on Friday week.Despite a shortage of loosehead(...)

Ulster centre Stuart olding has been ruled out of Ireland’s Six Nations campaign. (Photograph: INPHO/Presseye/Franck Pennant)

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt’s injury concerns increased with the confirmation that Ulster’s talented inside centre Stuart Olding sustained significant l(...)

Robbie Henshaw played on impressively after injuring his ankle in Connacht’s defeat to the Exeter Chiefs.  Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

It wasn’t so much the results themselves, more the scale of them and the manner of them. Munster and Ulster, regulars in the last eight, weren’t so mu(...)