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Leinster’s Jordan Larmour would “step you in a phone box”,  according to team-mate Scott Fardy. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

What are your strengths? “Speed and footwork.” (Jordan Larmour recent interview in Rugby World) Clearly born to run, Larmour showed at the RDS on Sa(...)

Jason Stockdale:  expected to be included on the Ulster side to face  Leinster at the RDS. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

In what few reckon will be anything other than a now traditionally unpleasant trip to the RDS, Ulster will at least be heading south on Saturday with (...)

Connacht’s Bundee Aki skips past Jacob Stockdale of Ulster on his way to scoring his side’s second try during the Guinness Pro 14 game at the  Sportsground in  Galway. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Connacht 44 Ulster 16 What a win, what a night at the Galway Sportsground. Connacht had demonstrated improving form over the last two weeks, but no(...)

Jacob Stockdale: “You have to take everything with a pinch of salt. It’s only good performances that create the buzz.”   Photograph:  Henry Browne/Getty Images

Four tries in four Test matches for Ireland, six in eight appearances for Ulster this season, 21-year-old Jacob Stockdale is rattling along at a phen(...)

Leinster’s Jordan Larmour in action against the Dragons: he decorated the eight-try win at home  with another try of his own and one inventive assist. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The back-to-back games are, well, back, and as usual that is the cue for the meaty middle of the season. Following on from these pivotal third- and fo(...)

Tommy Bowe scores Ulster’s opening try in the hard-fought victory over Benetton at Kingspan Stadium last week. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Last season Tommy Bowe had a “jeez” moment with Ulster. Thoughts flashed across his mind. Should he continue, could he climb back into thin air, back (...)

 Ireland’s Rory Best with Santiago Garcia Botta of Argentina: Best has appeared only twice for Ulster  this season  due to a hamstring injury. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

In a surprise inclusion, Ireland captain Rory Best will line out with Ulster when they travel to Rodney Parade on Friday to meet the Dragons. Best (...)

Bundee Aki at the Ireland rugby squad training centre at Carton House, Co Kildare. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

During my apprenticeship, I was told by Ronan O’Gara to think three or four phases ahead after any set piece attack. Playing international rugby nowad(...)

Southern Kings’ Berton Klaasen sneaks in for a try against Ulster. Photograph: Deryck Foster/Inpho

Southern Kings 36 Ulster 43 They did their level best to sound upbeat, but Ulster’s spin was hardly fit for purpose after another stuttering performa(...)

Connacht’s newly-qualified Bundee Aki is set to battle with Ulster’s Stuart McCloskey to partner Robbie Henshaw in the centre. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Following on from last summer’s tour to the USA and Japan, to all intents and purposes yesterday’s Ireland squad announcement continued the countdown (...)

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