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John Afoa: looks set to recover from his hamstring injury for Saturday’s final.  Photograph: Darren Kidd/Presseye/Inpho

This being the last week of the domestic season, mind games between the rival New Zealand coaches, desperate to capture the Rabo Direct Pro 12 (...)

Ireland interim head coach Les Kiss. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The 28-man Ireland squad to tour North America in June will be announced on Sunday. Les Kiss, the interim head coach, is tasked with selection (...)

Ruan Pienaar: switches from outhalf to scrumhalf at Ravenhill tonight. Photograph: Inpho

It is up to Ulster to decide whether tonight’s match represents a milestone or a millstone. There is massive expectation, justifiably so, borne(...)

Llanelli Scarlets don’t know yet if Wales wing George North will have recovered from his sternum injury to face Ulster. Photograph: Huw Evans/Inpho

Had Llanelli coach Simon Easterby no concerns about what injured players were available to him this week, the alternative might have been to dw(...)

John Afoa returns to Ulster’s starting line-up for the visit of the Cardiff Blues. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

With two weeks of a break Ulster have had time to think over the permutations and consequences of their final league match. Thankfully for the (...)

Paddy Jackson returns at outhalf for Ulster’s trip to the Sportsground to take on Connacht.  Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

RaboDirect Pro12 leaders Ulster have made five personnel changes and two positional changes to the team that beat the Dragons at Ravenhill last(...)

Ulster coach Mark Anscombe. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images Ulster coach Mark Anscombe. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Ulster doused the Newport Gwent Dragons’ fire with a minimum of discomfort last weekend in a facile victory but know they c(...)

Paul Marshall comes in at scrumhalf for Ulster against the Newport Dragons as Ruan Pienaar moves to 10. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Perhaps it’s a good thing for Ulster this weekend that the Dragons are struggling near the foot of the table. With coach Mark (...)

  John Afoa, speaking to Ernst Joubert of Saracens after the match in Twickenham last weekend, has returned to New Zealand to be with his family. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

Tommy Bowe will make his first start since the start of December when Ulster seek to bounce back from their Heineken Cup disappointment against(...)

Leinster coach Joe Schmidt. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Jonny Sexton and Brian O’Driscoll are set to return for Leinster against Munster at Thomond Park next Saturd(...)

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