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(...)

Ulster’s Darren Cave searching for space between Simone Ferrari and Tom Palmer of Treviso during the Guinness Pro 12 game at Stadio Comunale Monigo in Treviso. Photograph:  Matteo Ciambelli/Inpho

Benetton Treviso 13 Ulster 32 Ulster coach Les Kiss saw his side put in another big second-half performance as they secured a bonus-point win over Tr(...)

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(...)

Ulster’s Nick Williams in action against Connacht. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Maybe it’s the relative lack of Irish interest, but the final weekend of what is now the European Champions Cup somehow used to seem more fun. Mathe(...)

Ulster players celebrate victory over Oyonnax in the Champions Cup. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Presseye/Inpho

Ulster salvaged their own qualification hopes and with it Irish pride in the European Champions Cup on Oyonnax’s rain-soaked 4G surface in the Rhône-(...)

 Rory Scholes stretches to score  Ulster’s first try in the Champions Cup Pool 1 game against Oyonnax at  Stade Charles Mathon. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Inpho/Presseye

Oyonnax 23 Ulster 24 Oyannax won the first half 23-0, whereupon Ulster won the second 24-0. Just like that. If the first half suggested Ulster’s stre(...)

Ulster’s Rory Scholes replaced injured winger Craig Gilroy in Toulouse and performed well in the biggest game of his senior career. Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker

Rory Scholes understands the impatience of youth and the familiar refrain of chasing opportunities. At the start of this season he would have been in (...)

Ulster’s Iain Henderson goes off injured in the early stages of the Guinness Pro 12 game against Edinburgh. Photograph: Matt Mackey/Inpho/Presseye

Ulster 14 Edinburgh 7 This was just about winning and, for that, Ulster were good for their hard-earned four points at a weather-blasted Kingspan Sta(...)

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 (...)