Ruan Pienaar leaves the pitch with his dejected team-mates after the defeat to Glasgow in Scotstoun. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Presseye/Inpho

Ruan Pienaar seems to have been on the rugby treadmill for about five years now without a break, ever since joining Ulster five years ag o. If ever a(...)

Kingspan Stadium, Belfast: would prove an intimidating home venue for Ulster in the final should they overcome Glasgow this weekend. Photograph: William Cherry/Presseye/Inpho

Glasgow eventually tore Ulster asunder last Saturday. The tries needed to secure a home semi-final demanded it. Stuart Hogg and Finn Russell delivered(...)

Ian Humphreys will start at outhalf for Ulster in their game away to Glasgow. Photo: Ian MacNicol/Inpho/Presseye

The draw with Munster in Belfast appears to have made up Neil Doak’s mind. Sure, that sharp cut-out pass by Paddy Jackson and touchline conversion (...)

Stuart McCloskey starts for Ulster away at Glasgow on Saturday. Photograph: Inpho

With a Pro 12 play-off place secured and a number of players picking up injuries in last weekend’s draw with Munster, Ulster boss Neil Doak has made a(...)

Paddy Jackson (left): “I’ve just tried to relax and play the rugby I know I can play.” Photograph: William Cherry/ Presseye/Inpho

All outhalves feel slightly undermined if not trusted with the goal-kicking duties. Think back to Johnny Sexton on the Lions tour when Warren Gatland(...)

Paddy Jackson is congratulated by his Ulster team mates after his conversion gave the hosts a 23-23 draw with Munster at Ravenhill. Photograph: Inpho

Ulster 23 Munster 23 Regrets, they’ll both have a few - Munster at letting a seven-point lead slip away after the 80 minute mark, and Ulster at(...)

Roger Wilson will make his 132nd league appearance against Munster, a record for any Ulster player. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Presseye/Inpho

The stage could hardly be set any better. The two in-form Irish contenders for the title meet at an 18,000-capacity Kingspan Stadium with the prize a(...)

Conor Murray: “It would be nice to get one up on him this time around.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Conor Murray and Ruan Pienaar are two of the best scrum-halves in the world, never mind the Guinness Pro12. Yet it is a measure of the demands on fro(...)

Craig Gilroy dives over for Ulsters second score in their 26-10 win over Leinster at Ravenhill. Photograph: Inpho

Ulster 26 Leinster 10Ulster set up a third Irish derby in a row at home to Munster two weeks’ hence, in a match that could decide home advantage in th(...)

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 (...)