Ulster’s Darren Cave will line out in the centre alongside Luke Marshall. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

There were rumblings last week that Oyonnax players were very unhappy with head coach Olivier Azam and on Thursday the club rolled the dice by firi(...)

Connacht’s Eoghan Masterson is shown a yellow card and sinbinned by referee Romain Poite during the European Champions Cup play-off at Kingsholm Stadium. Photograph: Simon Cooper/PA Wire

As one Connacht player put it, when you’re at the bottom of the food chain you get dry bread. It’s often said in team sports that the perceived ‘bigge(...)

Craig Clarke in action against Leinster during this season’s RaboDirect Pro 12 clash at the Showgrounds. 	Photograph: Inpho

Craig Clarke’s retirement from rugby was confirmed yesterday by Connacht. The 30-year-old New Zealander was stood down after the Saracens match in Jan(...)

Quinn Roux takes the place of the injured Mike McCarthy in the Leinster side to take on Ulster in the RaboDirect Pro12 semi-final at the RDS on Saturday night. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Quinn Roux will start alongside Devin Toner in the Leinster secondrow for Saturday night’s RaboDirect Pro12 semi-final against Ulster at the RDS after(...)

Ulster’s Chris Henry makes a charge in the Heineken Cup match against Montpellier earlier this season. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.
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There may be a triage unit veneer to Ulster’s training facility at Newforge given the high volume of injuries. Throw-in the nature of(...)

Ulster Coach Mark Anscombe at a press conference at Ravenhill on Tuesday. Photograph: Inpho

Ulster’s handsome bonus-point win at home to Connacht last Friday, coupled with Leinster and Munster losing to fellow play-off(...)

Ruan Pienaar is expected to resume the goal-kicking duties against Saracens.

Ulster scrumhalf Ruan Pienaar will return for tomorrow evening’s home Heineken Cup quarter-final against Saracens (kick-off 6.30pm). Pienaar ha(...)

Donnacha Ryan will start in the Munster secondrow against the Ospreys in Swansea. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster have been boosted by the return of Donnacha Ryan, Tommy O’Donnell and Felix Jones from Ireland camp and all three will start Sunday’s t(...)

Ulster forwards Rory Best, Callum Black and Dan Tuohy arrive for training at  Pirrie Park in Belfast on Thursday. Photograph: Brian Little/Inpho/Presseye

Ireland hooker Rory Best will make his 150th appearance for Ulster in Saturday’s Heineken Cup Pool 5 decider away to Leicester Tigers at Welford Road (...)

 Mark Anscombe:  has to find a replacement for the departing John Afoa.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ulster, much like Leinster, are poised to enter the festive period with a near flawless European record. It makes the cleaning up of some obvious prob(...)