Charles Piatau

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Ulster’s Will Addison scoring their third try against Scarlets at Parc y Scarlets, Wales. Photograph:   Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Half way there in the pool stages, and for all four Irish provinces halfway towards completing back-to-back wins that could go a long way toward prope(...)

Ireland defence coach Andy Farrell is believed to be the IRFU’s Plan B  if Ulster position is not filled by the start of the season. Photograph: Inpho

At face value, Ulster seem set to start off next season in an even bigger mess than they were at times last season. Their new head coach, Dan McFarlan(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Jacob Stockdale at yesterday’s captain’s run at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin, ahead of his first start for Ireland on home soil. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

He’s living the dream, and the dream was always playing for Ulster and Ireland. His granddad and father both played for Ballyclare, and his granddad’s(...)

Leinster’s Jordan Larmour is tackled short of the line by Rory Best of Ulster. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Inpho

Ulster 10 Leinster 25 Moving into the 70th minute of a sold-out Kingspan Stadium, after another Ulster handling error, Luke McGrath veered away from (...)

Stuart McCloskey at an Ulster training session at Kingspan Stadium in Belfast. Photograph:  
Tommy Dickson/Inpho

It’s a bit of an odd one alright. To date Stuart McCloskey has just had the one cap, in the Six Nations two seasons ago against the then all-conquerin(...)

Ulster’s Charles Piutau: Last season in Europe he led Ulster’s count for tries.    Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Munster won’t be the only province about to lose a game-breaking fullback in his prime next season, and with Charles Piutau also moving on from Ulster(...)

Simon Zebo:  the fullback has announced his departure from Munster, almost certainly to Racing 92, and this may mean he will be excluded from the Ireland squad. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

This will tell a tale. As Simon Zebo’s departure from these shores at the end of the season, almost certainly to Racing 92, still reverberates, if the(...)

Ulster’s Charles Piutau in action during training ahead  of their  European Champions Cup opener against Wasps. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Ulster v Wasps Venue: Kingspan Stadium. Kick-off: 7.45pm. On TV: Live on BT Sport. This isn’t a bad old way to kick off the 23rd edition of the Eu(...)

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