Ulster team manager Bryn Cunningham: ‘I came in around November 2014 and we had a very strong first XV on paper that year and in subsequent years but there wasn’t the depth below that.’ Photograph: Matt Mackey/Inpho/Presseye

It is March 2018, the Belfast rape trial is ongoing, when Ulster hosts a meeting with season ticket holders. The room is soaked in vitriol as supporte(...)

 Mark McCall, head coach of Saracens: ‘I consider myself unbelievably lucky to have been here.’ Photograph:  Henry Browne/Getty Images

No club has come to represent Munster’s European glass ceiling more than Saracens. The reigning champions knocked Munster out in the penultimate pool (...)

Jeremy Davidson has agreed a two-year extension as head coach of Brive. Photograph: Thierry Suire/AFP via Getty Images

Former Ireland secondrow forward Jeremy Davidson has extended his contract as Brive head coach until 2023. Davidson, who joined Brive in July 2018 an(...)

Brian Hayes: “To get to come back to a club like Con, where you have the core that has been there since I joined . . . it makes a big difference.”Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

When first he gave up on his dreams of playing for Munster and then put aside his aspirations of being a professional rugby player, Brian Hayes could (...)

Former Ireland and Ulster rugby players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding, who were acquitted of rape following a trial last year. File photographs: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Following their acquittal, Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding were signed up by French teams. Jackson went to Perpignan USAP, which was in France’s Top 1(...)

 Stuart Olding in action for Brive during the French Pro D2. Photograph: Getty Images

Stuart Olding received a red card for a dangerous tackle after just 12 minutes of Brive’s ProD2 clash with Soyaux Angoulême on Sunday. The former Ul(...)

Stade Français’ Paris French centre Gael Fickou eludes Racing 92 number eight Antonie Claassen during the French Top 14 clash at Jean-Bouin Stadium in Paris. Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty

Donnacha Ryan enjoyed the bragging rights after Sunday’s Parisian duel in the French Top 14 as he helped Racing 92 to a 17-16 victory over a Stade Fra(...)

  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(...)

Simon Zebo: will begin a new chapter in his career later this month with Racing 92 in the French Top 14 Championship. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

On Saturday, August 25th two Irish players Simon Zebo and Paddy Jackson are scheduled to make their respective debuts in the opening round of fixtures(...)

Paddy Jackson has signed for Top14 side Perpignan after he had his Ulster contract revoked. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The continued unrest in Ulster rugby cannot calm until they fill the void left by Paddy Jackson as the 26-year-old begins the next part of his life in(...)

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