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JJ Hanrahan in action for Clermont against Toulon. He has made 11 appearances  in the French Top 14 to date this season, Photograph: Thierry Zoccolan/ AFP via Getty Images

JJ Hanrahan has been linked with a move from Clermont Auvergne to the United Rugby Championship (URC) side the Dragons for whom he is reputed to have (...)

The New Zealand-born Jared Payne represented Ulster on 78 occasions and earned 20 caps for Ireland. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Jared Payne will leave Ulster at the end of this season, his 10th with the province and fourth as their defence coach, “to pursue coaching opportuniti(...)

Star turn: Ulster centre James Hume breaks past wing Courtnall Skosan during the Heineken Champions Cup match against Northampton Saints. Photograph: Getty

With so much uncertainty surrounding the ever-changing landscape due to Covid-19’s tightening grip, it was diverting to hear about on-pitch matters ah(...)

Johnny Sexton with Harry Byrne, whose injury profile means he remains on the outside looking in when it comes to the outhalf spot. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Johnny Sexton remains both the problem and the solution per se. If that sounds like fortune cookie wisdom it’s not meant to be, instead a statement th(...)

 Nathan Doak is presented with the man  of the match award following Ulster’s win over Benetton at the Kingspan Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

There was something about Nathan Doak’s performances for the Irish Under-20s this year, and those first two cameos off the bench against Munster and L(...)

Nathan Doak is in line to make his third straight start for Ulster in Friday’s meeting  with the Lions at the Kingspan Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ulster’s injury list in the early stages of the season has restricted their scope for rotation in the opening rounds of the United Rugby Championship,(...)

Nick Timoney: Ulster backrow and former  star of Blackrock’s Leinster schools-winning side in 2013 will win  his first  senior Ireland cap when he lines out against the USA. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland v USA, Aviva Stadium, Saturday, 7.15pm – Live on RTÉ 2 Normally an Irish summer expedition abroad in the year of a Lions tour is a relatively(...)

The 2021 Six Nations Championship will be decided this weekend. Photograph: Getty Images

Permutations Wales sit proudly at the top of the Six Nations table with one fixture to play against France and for Wayne Pivac the permutations are s(...)

Ireland head coach Andy Farrell has been part of the negotiation process with the seven players whose IRFU central contracts expired this summer. File photograph: PA

Different time, different head coach, wildly contrasting results. For numerous reasons. Beating Scotland and England would fatten up statistics that (...)

Conor Murray in action against Leinster. Munster remained blindly committed to the box kick tho little effect at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes. Let’s look at these Pro14 semi-finals from two wildly contrasting perspectives: the diehard Ulster(...)

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