Paddy Jackson and Ruan Pienaar: Ulster will hope the pair are passed fit to face Connacht. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Pat Lam probably doesn’t know that Connacht’s last win in Belfast was as far back as 1960. Roy Orbison had a number one with Only the Lonely and Lam w(...)

Ulster skipper Rory Best makes a try-saving tackle on Ospreys’ Dan Evans during the   Guinness Pro12 match at  Liberty Stadium. Photograph: Ashley Crowden/Inpho

Ospreys 31 Ulster 20Something had to give when the league’s best attack faced the top defence and unfortunately for Ulster, it was their tackling that(...)

Scrumhalf Ruan Pienaar scores Ulster’s second try against the Scarlets at the Kingspan Stadium. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

It’s not often a player who’s just been the recipient of a yellow card receives a standing ovation but that was the case when the Ulster supporters ro(...)

Ruan Pienaar: his decision-making and place-kicking can give Ulster a crucial edge against the Scarlets. Photograph: Russell Pritchard/Presseye/Inpho.

Ulster v Scarlets, Ravenhill, 7.45pm: Defeats smart but the nature of those setbacks determines the severity and for how long. Losing to Leicester at(...)

Ulster winger Tommy Bowe  at a press conference at Kingspan Stadium, Belfast, on Tuesday. Photograph: Inpho

These weekends are always laced with optimism. In Ulster that takes on a broader dimension as they face into back-to-back meetings with Scarlets and (...)

England captain cuts a dejected figure at Twickenham last week. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

A handsome new book entitled Behind the Rose has just been published, largely based on the testimonies of some of the 1,368 men who have represented E(...)

Springboks and Ulster’s Ruan Pienaar watches today’s training session in Blackrock from the sidelines. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ahead of Saturday’s opening November international against Ireland, South Africa have withdrawn Ruan Pienaar from their northern hemisphere tour squad(...)

Ruan  Pienaar was carried off late in the first half against New Zealand in Wellington yesterday.

Ulster scrumhalf Ruan Pienaar is facing an extended spell out of action after it was confirmed he suffered medial knee ligament damage playing for Sou(...)

Mark Anscombe: had signed a one-year extension to his contract in February that would have kept him in situ until the end of the 2014-2015 season. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The niceties dictate that the phrase ‘parted company’ is employed but effectively Ulster have sacked Mark Anscombe. The New Zealander did not know wh(...)

Ian Madigan goes over for the only try of the RaboDirect Pro12 semi-final against Ulster at the  RDS. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster 13 Ulster 9: Ian Madigan emerged as the match-winner for Leinster as his 72nd minute try decided Saturday evening’s attritional RaboDirect Pr(...)