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(...)

Quinn Roux takes the place of the injured Mike McCarthy in the Leinster side to take on Ulster in the RaboDirect Pro12 semi-final at the RDS on Saturday night. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Quinn Roux will start alongside Devin Toner in the Leinster secondrow for Saturday night’s RaboDirect Pro12 semi-final against Ulster at the RDS after(...)

Rory Best, out since the Heineken Cup quarter-final defeat at home to Saracens six weeks ago, could make the Ulster side to meet Leinster in the RaboDirect Pro12 semi-final at the RDS on Saturday. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Inpho/Presseye

Ulster are set to receive a timely boost in advance of Saturday’s RaboDirect Pro 12 semi-final against Leinster at the RDS with the return of the h(...)

Brian O’Driscoll: Matt O’Connor maintained he’ll be okay for next Saturday’s semi-final game against Ulster at the RDS.

The end-of-season play-offs have a decidedly familiar ring to them, with Leinster earning their fifth home semi-final, Glasgow and Munster each in the(...)

Andrew Smith in action for the Brumbies in the Super 15 match against the Bulls earlier last month. Photograph: Stefan Postles/Getty Images

Munster have confirmed the signing of Australian centre Andrew Smith, who will join on a one-year deal this summer to replace the outgoing Casey Laula(...)

Ulster will decide today whether to appeal the two-week suspension Jared Payne received for the “reckless act” that injured Al(...)

 Drew Mitchell of Toulon is tackled by Brian O’Driscoll  and Jimmy Gopperth of Leinster during the Heineken Cup quarter-final  at the Felix Mayol Stadium  in Toulon, France. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

And then there was one. Following on from Ulster’s heart-breaking exit, Leinster were unceremoniously turfed out of the last Heineken Cup as we(...)

Ulster’s Ruan Pienaar goes off with a shoulder injury sustained against Scarlets in the Pro12 last month. Photograph: Inpho.

“He’s progressing, we’re hopeful that he’ll be ready to go,” says Mark Anscombe. The Ulster coach smiles and whil(...)