Ulster’s Darren Cave will line out in the centre alongside Luke Marshall. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

There were rumblings last week that Oyonnax players were very unhappy with head coach Olivier Azam and on Thursday the club rolled the dice by firi(...)

 Anthony Foley’s side should pick up a bonus point against Treviso. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The Champions Cup opening salvo proves there’s always a new mountain to climb even if the provinces are still paying that heavy World Cup toll. Let’s (...)

Munster winger Simon Zebo will start against Ulster. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It’s not been the most uplifting of weeks for Anthony Foley and Neil Doak as their teams prepare to do battle in the season’s first interprovincial. F(...)

Simon Zebo starts for Munster against Ulster at Thomond Park on Friday night. Photograph: Inpho

Simon Zebo starts on the right wing for Munster on Friday night as they take on Ulster in the season’s first inter-provincial clash at Thomond Park. A(...)

Tommy Bowe will miss Ireland’s Six Nations campaign following the knee injury he picked up during the World Cup defeat to Argentina. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland and Ulster winger Tommy Bowe is facing six months on the sidelines after he underwent surgery to repair the knee injury he sustained during Ir(...)

Nick Williams celebrates after scoring Ulster’s third try in the Guiness Pro 12 game against Cardiff Blues at Kingspan Stadium. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Inpho/Presseye/

Ulster 24 Scarlets 17 Another home win, and another bonus point: that was what Ulster wanted and needed just as Les Kiss comes on board and Tom(...)

Jared Payne will not play for Ulster until at least December. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The timeline of Jared Payne’s “bruised foot” becoming “structural damage” that required surgery leaves Ulster without their prized possession at least(...)

Jared Payne is set to miss Ulster’s opening Champions Cup fixtures after surgery on his foot. Photograph: Inpho

Ulster coach Neil Doak has confirmed Jared Payne has had surgery on his injured foot and may now face a lengthy spell on the sidelines. Centre Payne w(...)

Ireland’s Tommy Bowe in action against France in last week’s final pool stage match at the Millennium Stadium. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho 5:35

Accentuate the heavy toll then highlight those who remain. With Paul O’Connell under the knife, Peter O’Mahony forced home and Seán O’Brien wanderi(...)

Ireland’s Johnny Sexton is expected to start against Argentina. Photo: Getty Images 5:00

Irish team manager Mick Kearney has given the broadest hint yet that Johnny Sexton will be fit to start Ireland’s World Cup quarter-final against Arge(...)