Andy Farrell:  instead of the Fijian tour, the IRFU are very close to signing off on two home Tests this summer  against Japan and the United States. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

There can be little doubt that the lack of a voice from the Irish coaching ticket, and specifically Andy Farrell, didn’t help the chances of one or tw(...)

Will Addison: the 28-year-old Irish international making his last appearance for Ulster in a Heineken Champions Cup pool match against Bath in  January  2020 in Belfast. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ulster v Connacht, Kingspan Stadium (8.15, live on Eir Sport 2 and Premier Sports) Will Addison’s patience and character received a gruelling examin(...)

Jacob Stockdale was left out of Andy Farrell’s matchday 23 for Sunday’s clash with Scotland. Photograph: Inpho

Jacob Stockdale starts at fullback for Ulster’s Pro14 clash with the Dragons at Principality Stadium on Saturday night (kick-off 7.35pm). The startin(...)

Leinster’s James Tracy scores his team’s fourth try against Ulster. Photograph: Inpho

Leinster 24 Ulster 12 The unthinkable, namely successive Leinster home defeats in this competition for the first time, seemed conceivable when Ulster(...)

 Iain Henderson suffered a knee injury against Scotland on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ulster will be without Irish internationals Iain Henderson and Billy Burns for Friday night’s Heineken Champions Cup game against Toulouse at the King(...)

 Aaron Sexton has been named in the Ulster squad for Monday night’s match in Edinburgh. Photograph: Inpho

Edinburgh v Ulster, Murrayfield, Monday, 8.15 – Live in Eir Sport 2 The 20-year-old Aaron Sexton is set to make his Ulster debut after being named am(...)

Ulster’s Stewart Moore scores a try in his team’s win in Belfast on Sunday night. Photograph: Inpho

Ulster 26 Scarlets 24 Ulster secured their seventh straight Pro14 win with a 26-24 victory over Scarlets but they were made to fight all the way in a(...)

 Johnny Sexton on his way off the pitch after being replaced in Ireland’s defeat to France. Photograph: Inpho

At least for the hours and days following, it was conveyed to a rugby world that cares as an unholy transgression, a disagreeable wickedness, an unrig(...)

Ulster’s Iain Henderson is shown a red card by referee Mike Adamson. Photograph: Inpho

Ospreys 12 Ulster 24 Ulster made it two wins from two in Conference A of the new Pro14 season with a convincing win over the Ospreys, but the victory(...)

Niall Scannell takes a lineout throw during the “A” Interprovincial at Thomond Park in Limerick between Munster A and Connacht Eagles. Photograph: James Crombie/INPHO

The four Irish provinces have enjoyed contrasting preparation for the start of the Pro14 tournament at the weekend. Munster and Connacht used what wer(...)

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