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  Geordan Murphy   has been appointed interim head coach of Leicester Tigers following the departure of director of rugby Matt O’Connor. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Dean Richards once dubbed Geordan Murphy the “George Best” of rugby. It is Richards who arrives to Welford Road this weekend with Newcastle Falcons to(...)

Emma Penruddock’s west Waterford home

This week businesswoman Emma Penruddock put the day job on hold to join her kids, who have been enjoying the first real snowfall of their lives. Her y(...)

Geordan Murphy: “We let ourselves down on the big stage. We were bullied. We have an opportunity on Sunday to circle the wagons. Let’s see how we get on.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Matt O’Connor is as good a place as any to begin our catch up with Geordan Murphy. The man who shaped his latter playing days and present coaching ph(...)

Munster players contemplate their second Heineken Cup final defeat in three seasons as Leicester’s Neil Back celebrates at the end of the 2002 final at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Inpho

Two titans collide again. Were Munster to look across the water for a mirror image of themselves it would probably be Leicester, and vice versa. These(...)

Ulster’s Ian Humphreys has confirmed that he will retire at the end of the season. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ulster’s Ian Humphreys has confirmed that he will retire from rugby at the end of this season. The flyhalf, who turns 34 next month, has represented (...)

Sam Windsor will make his first competitive start for Ulster in Friday’s home game against Glasgow in Belfast. Photograph: Matt Mackey/Inpho/Presseye

Former Worcester outhalf Sam Windsor will make his competitive debut in Ulster’s home game against Glasgow Warriors on Friday night (7.30pm). The 28-(...)

Ulster director of rugby Les Kiss said of Paul O’Connell: “He’s just an icon and a man of great substance. When he spoke he was imposing and it was compelling.” Phptograph: Inpho

Naturally enough, it didn’t take long for Paul O’Connell’s retirement to feature at Ulster’s media day ahead of Friday’s Pro12 meeting with Glasgow Wa(...)

Ulster’s Darren Cave searching for space between Simone Ferrari and Tom Palmer of Treviso during the Guinness Pro 12 game at Stadio Comunale Monigo in Treviso. Photograph:  Matteo Ciambelli/Inpho

Benetton Treviso 13 Ulster 32 Ulster coach Les Kiss saw his side put in another big second-half performance as they secured a bonus-point win over Tr(...)

Ulster flanker Sean Reidy  drives for the try line despite the attentions of  Valentin Ursache of  Oyonnax during the Champions Cup game at Kingspan Stadium  in Belfast. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

An eight-try 56-3 thumping of Oyonnax put Ulster in as strong a position as they could have hoped for as they waited to learn whether it would be enou(...)

Rory Best congratulates Ian Humphreys after his try for Ulster in the Champions Cup victory over Oyonnax at Kingspan Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ulster 56 Oyonnax 3 Ultimately, as a place in the quarter-finals was prised from their grasp as the weekend unfolded, Ulster were left to lament prev(...)

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