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(...)

Darren Cave scored two tries against the Ospreys in Ulster’s 25-16 victory in the   Guinness Pro 12 game at the  Kingspan Stadium in Belfast. Photograph: Russell Pritchard/Inpho/Presseye

Ulster 25 Ospreys 16Ulster somehow toughed this one out to become the first side to down the Ospreys in this season’s Guinness Pro12 on a foul night o(...)

Ulster outhalf Paddy Jackson: will be aware of competition for the number 10 jersey from Ian Humphreys. Photograph: Inpho

  When Ulster last took leave of the Guinness Pro 12, with a stirring unlocking of Glasgow’s defence, it seemed like anything was possible(...)

 Stuart Olding of Ulster is tackled by Steffon Armitage (left) of Toulon  in Belfast last weekend. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Stuart Olding has been released from the Ireland camp to line out for Ulster against Newport-Gwent Dragons on saturday night (7.35pm).The centre, howe(...)

Lewis Stevenson: “We perhaps let ourselves down a little bit which just adds to the frustration.” Photograph: Darren Kidd/Inpho

Ulster are hurting. The last two weekends in the European Rugby Champions Cup have seen them lose to Leicester Tigers at Welford Road and then watch T(...)