Andrew Trimble

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At the Heineken Champions Cup launch in Dublin;  Jarrad Butler (Connacht), Jordi Murphy (Ulster), Callum Gibbins (Glasgow Warriors), Ken Owens (Scarlets), Luke Hamilton (Edinburgh), Peter O’Mahony (Munster), Jonathan Sexton (Leinster) and Ellis Jenkins (Cardiff Blues). Photograph: Inpho/Billy Stickland

Pool One      Leinster Coach: Leo Cullen. Last season: Champions. How they qualified: EC champions and Pro14 champion(...)

Joey Carbery: moved from Leinster to Munster

The memories remain vivid but professional sport permits but the briefest pause to enjoy success. Leinster’s record breaking double of Champions Cup a(...)

Tommy Bowe: Scored  30 tries in just 69 caps, he is currently second only to Brian  O’Driscoll in Ireland’s list of all-time leading try scorers.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Whereas Australia retain only four players from their match-day squad when Ireland shook the 2011 World Cup with that memorable 15-6 win over the Wall(...)

Craig Gilroy scores a try for Ulster during the province’s Guinness Pro14 European Champions Cup playoff match against Ospreys at  Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ulster salvaged a troubled and largely forgettable season by securing the Guinness Pro14’s seventh and last place in next season’s European Champions(...)

Incoming Ulster coach Dan McFarland looks to be a good fit for the province. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

That was meant to have been a quiet week; just the Pro14 quarter-final between Munster and Edinburgh, and the Ulster Bank League final featuring Lansd(...)

Andrew Trimble scoring  a try for Ulster against Leinster at Kingspan Stadium in May 2017. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Inpho/Presseye

Ireland and Ulster wing Andrew Trimble has announced he will retire at the end of the season. The 33-year-old won 70 Ireland caps between 2005 and 20(...)

Ulster’s John Cooney in action against Ospreys – injuries saw the scrumhalf moved to outhalf during the game. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

When Ulster had finished the unsettling humiliation of their coach in 2012 the Guardian newspaper ran a headline. “Brian McLaughlin shows success is s(...)

 Jacob Stockdale scores one of his tries against Italy. Photograph; Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

 The fearless rookie setting flame to a tournament is rare alchemy. Sporting comparisons to Jacob Stockdale’s head-spinning arrival are joys to (...)

Jacob Stockdale runs past Blair Kinghorn to score his second  try against Scotland. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

There is an argument that the Jacob Stockdale’s striking self possession for one so callow in terms of Test match experience may be drawn from a sligh(...)

James Davies: the Scarlets flanker has been released from the Welsh national squad and will line out against Ulster.  Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Scarlets v Ulster, Parc y Scarlets (7.35, live on BBC2) Given the Scarlets double-digit personnel commitment to the Wales squad for the Six Nations (...)

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