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Ulster’s Sam Carter is tackled by Dewaldt Duvenage of Benetton during the Guinness Pro 14 game at the  Kingspan Stadium. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Ulster 35 Benetton 24 Ulster survived a brief floodlight failure and a ferocious fight back from a gallant Benetton team, who played some cracking ru(...)

 Ulster coach Dan McFarland: ”I have a love of the contact, of collective speed, that the system lasts longer at a persistent speed than the opposition.”  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

There are several ways to interpret Ulster’s awful restart. They appear to be mired in pre-season mode. At least the halfbacks cannot mess up the fund(...)

JJ Hanrahan kicks a conversion during the Pro14 match between Munster and Scarlets at Thomond Park, Limerick in February. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Johann van Graan – whose success as Munster coach appears as reliant on Joey Carbery as Declan Kidney’s was on Ronan O’Gara – has been given all the p(...)

Hayden Hyde scores Ireland’s second try during the Under-20 Six Nations match against England at Franklin’s Gardens in February. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Do you reckon Ireland would have been durable enough to complete the Grand Slam at Twickenham on St Patrick’s Day in 2018 without their Auckland bruis(...)

Johann van Graan says Joey Carbery remains in line to play for Munster at some stage in September after recovering from ankle and wrist surgery. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

One of these days Johann van Graan will face the media without being asked about the physical wellbeing of Joey Carbery. After all, apart from the you(...)

James Cecil Parke won 20 caps for Ireland, scoring 36 points. Photograph: Adam Darnell/Century Ireland

A number of writers have inscribed the pedestal upon which they placed James Cecil Parke with the words, ‘Ireland’s greatest sportsman,’ an assertion (...)

CJ Stander in action against England’s George Ford during the Six Nations game at Twickenham. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Strange days. The best-case scenario has rugby returning before summer as panic is eventually replaced by relief and even a little joy. In the likely (...)

 Ruan Pienaar and Robert Balacoune embrace after Saturday’s game. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ulster 20 Cheetahs 10 Hardly the most memorable way to equal their 21-game unbeaten home record, but Ulster got the job done on a wet and uncomfortab(...)

Ulster’s Matt Faddes in action during the Guinness Pro 14 game against Ospreys at the Liberty Stadium. Photograph:  Alex James/Inpho

Ospreys 26 Ulster 24 Ulster head coach Dan McFarland hit out at his team’s naivety after they became only the second side to lose to the Ospreys this(...)

 Gareth Thomas of the Ospreys celebrates at the full-time whistle. Photo: Alex James/Inpho

Ospreys 26 Ulster 24 Hooker Scott Otten crossed for two tries as Ospreys celebrated only their second Pro14 victory of the season as they edged out (...)

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