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(...)

Ulster head coach Dan McFarland has named Billy Burns, Louis Ludik and Alan O’Connor in his starting team for the trip to Edinburgh. File photograph: Inpho

Billy Burns returns to captain Ulster as one of three changes for Saturday’s Pro14 semi-final against Edinburgh (BT Murrayfield, 7.35pm). Burns, Loui(...)

Ian Madigan is in the Ulster squad for Sunday’s clash with Connacht. File photograph: Inpho

New signings Alby Mathewson and Ian Madigan will start on the Ulster replacements bench for Sunday’s interprovincial derby against Connacht at the Avi(...)

New Zealand’s George Bridge is tackled by Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale during the Rugby World Cup quarter-final in Tokyo last September. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP via Getty Images)

Following Ireland’s defeat to New Zealand in last year’s World Cup quarter-final in Japan, Jacob Stockdale noted the messages urging him “to kill hims(...)

Ulster take on ASM Clermont Auvergne in Saturday’s Champions Cup clash at the Stade Marcel-Michelin. Photograph: Getty Images

Marcell Coetzee and Jordi Murphy have returned to the Ulster team to face ASM Clermont Auvergne in Saturday’s Champions Cup clash at the Stade Marcel-(...)

Ulster’s John Cooney celebrates at the final whistle with Louis Ludik after his late penalty secured victory over Harlequins in the Heineken Champions Cup game at the  Kingspan stadium in Belfast. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Ulster 25 Harlequins 24 Ulster came from nine points behind to snatch a third win from three in the Heineken Champions Cup courtesy of a late penalty(...)

Louis Ludik will make his 100th Ulster appearance against the Scarlets on Friday. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

Pro14, Ulster v Scarlets, Friday November 29th, Ravenhill (kick-off 7.35pm, Eir Sport). Louis Ludik is set to bring up a century of Ulster caps as th(...)

Munster’s Andrew Conway on his way to scoring a try against Ulster at Thomond Park. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster 22   Tries: Stander, Scannell, Conway  Cons: Hanrahan, Belyendaal  Pens: JJ Hanrahan Ulster 16  Try: R Herring Con: J Coo(...)

Munster’s Andrew Conway gets past Ulster’s Matt Faddes on his way to scoring his side’s third try during the Guinness Pro 14 game at  Thomond Park. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster 22 Ulster 16 Munster are currently heading into the Champions Cup with one established outhalf after JJ Hanrahan joined Joey Carbery on the i(...)

Ulster’s Rob Lyttle tries to run through the attempted tackle by Guglielmo Palazzani of Zebre during the Guinness Pro 14 game at the Kingspan stadium in Belfast. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Ulster 22 Zebre 7 On a dreadful night for rugby in Belfast, Ulster got the job done with an expected but still fairly laboured victory over Zebre. D(...)

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