Paul O’Connell  in Twickenham: “For me when you play England, you always think of the size of the players.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

This almost feels a little like the start of the World Cup. It’s Twickenham, all the squads have been named and England kick off the global, four-year(...)

Tighthead Mike Ross (left) believes 22-year-old Tadhg Furlong has the talent to be Ireland’s versatile prop. Photograph: Inpho

Remember Twickenham on St Patrick’s Day 2012 and Tom Court’s traumatic experience at the hands of Dan Cole? Same stadium, same English tighthead, Mike(...)

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(...)

Tommy Bowe in action during Ulster’s recent Pro12 victory over Edinburgh. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Presseye/Inpho.

Senior members in the Ulster squad including Tommy Bowe were consulted before Neil Doak was appointed coach in the wake of a provincial cleanout of p(...)

David Gannon is one of a number of Irish natives expected to play for US Eagles. Photograph: Inpho.

Some wild geese may not be returning. There is a gaggle of them playing rugby on the American collegiate circuit and former Blackrock outhalf (someti(...)

Peter Stringer of Bath dives over for a try during the Aviva Premiership match between Bath and Leicester Tigers on Saturday. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

John O’SullivanThere’s no doubting the performance of the day in the Aviva English Premiership belonged to Bath as they thumped the Leicester Tigers b(...)

Number eight Roger Wilson made his Ulster debut in 2003. Photograph: Inpho

As one of Ulster’s longest serving players, who made his debut almost 11 years ago and is embarking upon the third season of eight overall in what is (...)

Leinster’s Ian Madigan bursts for the line to score the only try in  semi-final against Ulster on Saturday at the RDS. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Leinster 13 Ulster 9When you know how to win, you know how to win. Serial winners at the business end of the season, Leinster rolled up their sleeves (...)

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(...)

 Ulster’s Tom Court received a two week suspension. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Presseye/Inpho

Tom Court, the Ulster prop forward, appeared today before an independent Pro12 Disciplinary committee in Neath, South Wales, following a red card in (...)