Ulster’s Jacob Stockdale tries to evade the tackle of Cardiff’s  Willis Halaholo during the Guinness Pro 14 game at  BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Cardiff Blues 35 Ulster 17 Ulster’s playoff hopes were dealt a hammer blow in South Wales as they fell to a 35-17 defeat to the Cardiff Blues. Jono (...)

High marginal tax rates in particular were highlighted by respondents as having a strong bearing on decisions over whether to set up in Ireland or not. Photograph: Getty Images

More than half of Irish business owners view the State’s tax code as a barrier to growth rather than a support, according to a survey by accounting an(...)

Kieran Treadwell must back up Ulster coach  Les Kiss’s big selection call at secondrow. Photograph: Inpho

Sunday - Exeter Chiefs v Ulster, Sandy Park, 5.30pm – BT Sport Ironically Ulster’s uncomfortable last campaign with Ruan Pienaar on their books rea(...)

Ruan Pienaar: “I wanted to stay and I know Ulster Rugby did everything it could to keep me in Belfast.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

While Ulster see Ruan Pienaar as an irreplaceable figure, the IRFU see him as an expendable commodity. Only time will tell how damaging this will prov(...)

Ulster’s Nick Williams in action against Connacht. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Maybe it’s the relative lack of Irish interest, but the final weekend of what is now the European Champions Cup somehow used to seem more fun. Mathe(...)

 Ulster’s captain for tomorrow’s game against Munster Dan Tuohy. William Cherry/Inpho/Presseye/

Munster coach Rob Penney has made 10 changes in personnel to the side that thumped Edinburgh last time out for tomorrow’s game against Ulster at Thomo(...)

Ireland head coach Mike Ruddock. Photograph: Gwna‘l Mah/InphoŽ

Ireland coach Mike Ruddock has made a number of changes to the side that lost narrowly 31-26 to New Zealand for tomorrow night’s IRB Under-20 World Ch(...)

 Ireland’s Conor Joyce in action against Australia. Photograph: Gwenael Mahe/Inpho

Ireland Under-20 coach Mike Ruddock has made 11 changes from the team that beat Australia 19-15 for Sunday’s second pool match in the IRB Junior World(...)