Leinster’s Seán Cronin is looking forward to coming up against Ulster’s Rory Best this weekend. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Leinster sat down and had what might constitute an emergency meeting after their second pool defeat in Europe last week. The squad met on Sunday fol(...)

Saracens celebrate Billy Vunipola’s bonus-point try at the end of the European Champions Cup game at Ravenhill. Photograph:   Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ulster 9 Saracens 27 Well beaten by a superior force. Here we witnessed a fate that may continue to befall the provinces in major Champions Cup games (...)

Seán Cronin’s World Cup started well with a try against Canada but ended with him being left out of the matchday squads against France and Argentina. Photograph: Stuart Forster/Getty Images.

Comebacks in sport more often end in tears than glory. Career obituaries around the world are littered with them, stories that fail to reignite. Th(...)

Rory Best: Ulster’s poor away form “sometimes just needs to be mentioned and addressed”. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ulster will hope that Sunday’s Guinness Pro12 victory over the Newport Gwent Dragons represents a watershed moment, specifically in relation to their (...)

Ulster’s Paul Marshall impressed in his team’s away win over the Newport Gwent Dragons. Photograph: Craig Thomas/Inpho

NG Dragons 12 Ulster 19 A stuttering Ulster clicked into gear when it mattered most to earn a battling 19-12 Guinness Pro12 triumph over the Ne(...)

Newly appointed Ulster head coach Les Kiss. Photograph: Brian Little/Inpho.

Ulster’s lack of success on the road was a topic of conversation broached by captain Rory Best and new head coach Les Kiss during the week and the (...)

Munster welcome back more of their internationals this weekend against Edinburgh. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

World Cup returnees Conor Murray and Keith Earls will make their first Munster appearances of the season after being named in Anthony Foley’s starting(...)

 Ulster captain Rory Best labelled Kiss as “one of the best defensive coaches in the world”. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt will struggle to replace Les Kiss, according to Rory Best, who labelled Ulster’s new rugby director as “one of the best defe(...)

Ulster director of rugby Les Kiss: It’s getting tougher with English clubs getting salary cap rises. It’s going to be like a shark pool for talent so we want to have an environment that people want to stay in.” Photograph: Inpho

Les Kiss, just his second day in the job and he still can’t shake off Argentina. As he adjusts from life at international level and the World Cup vall(...)

New Zealand’s fullback Ben Smith  passes to his captain Richie McCaw during World Cup final against Australia at Twickenham. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

Did you spot all those tricolours in Twickenham? The ultimate triumph of hope over Argentina. In the end our people had to make do with being neutral (...)