Jared Payne will line up against international centre partner Robbie Henshaw in Ulster’s game against Connacht at The Sportsground. Photograph: Inpho

Bundee Aki returns for Connacht for their Pro 12 clash against Ulster on Saturday while Neil Doak welcomes back Ireland Six Nations winning trio Rory (...)

Ulster’s Nick Williams on the charge against Scarlets at Ravenhill. Photograph: Brian Little/Inpho.

Ulster 25, Scarlets 20: Ulster racked up a fourth consecutive Pro12 victory as they continue to propel themselves towards the ultimate aim of the play(...)

Ulster’s Darren Cave goes over for his hat-trick try in the Champions Cup game against Leicester at Ravenhill. Photograph:  Darren Kidd/Inpho/Presseye

Ulster 26 Leicester 7Leicester’s already remote hopes of making the European Champions Cup quarter-finals were finally extinguished as Ulster ended th(...)

Darren Cave will make his 150th Ulster appearance against Toulon on Saturday. (Photograph: INPHO/Giuseppe Fama)

Neil Doak has made seven changes to the Ulster side which beat Treviso in Italy last week for Saturday’s more daunting visit to face Toulon at the Sta(...)

Jared Payne has returned to the Ulster squad for the province’s trip to play Benetton Treviso. (Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan)

Ulster have named two changes from the side beaten by Leinster at the RDS last weekend for tomorrow’s trip to Italy to play Benetton Treviso.Louis Lud(...)

Jamie Heaslip at the pre-match press conference. Photograph: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

As regular season games go, the stakes here are higher than is even usually the case for an interpro derby. Aside from the manifold implications at th(...)

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(...)