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London Irish chief executive Brian Facer: ‘The most important thing for any rugby club is to succeed on the pitch.’ Photograph: Lee Christiansen

There’s commitment, and then there’s Brian Facer’s level of commitment. The chief executive of London Irish rugby club since late 2017, Facer commutes(...)

John Cooney at an Ireland training session at Carton House. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

A book on John Charles McQuaid is where this John Cooney interview begins. Published in 1999, the Ruler of Catholic Ireland written by the Ulster scru(...)

Sean O’Brien at an Ireland Rugby press conference in Carton House, Co Kildare.  Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

There were a number of considerations that informed Seán O’Brien’s decision to sign a three-year contract to join London Irish after this year’s Rugby(...)

Sean O’Brien has agreed a three-year deal with London Irish. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Seán O’Brien has agreed to join London Irish following this year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan, on a three-year contract reported to be worth €420,000 pe(...)

Racing’s Simon Zebo during the match in Belfast. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Ulster head coach Dan McFarland tackled issues on two different fronts on Monday as he commented on Racing 92 winger Simon Zebo’s tweet in the afterma(...)

Wenceslas Lauret crosses the line for one of Racing 92’s five tries against Ulster in their  44-12 victory in Paris. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Champions Cup: Racing 44 Ulster 12 Another point, or at a push two points, got away from Ulster in Racing’s futuristic Arena but over the course of t(...)

Lansdowne’s Jack O’Sullivan tackles Garryowen’s Andrew O’Byrne during the  Ulster Bank League Division 1A semi-final at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Jack O’Sullivan has twice dipped a toe in the world of professional rugby but for now has prioritised completing a Business & Management degree in(...)

Billy Burns: “I wouldn’t have come over here if I didn’t think it was a club going in the right direction, a club that has ambition that suits mine.”  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

There were pre-season gifts for Munster and Ulster with the arrival of shiny new number 10s. The sky’s the limit for Joey Carbery in Limerick – that(...)

Ulster’s Charles Piutau. Photograph: Brian Little/Inpho

Ulster v Ospreys, Kinspan Stadium, Sunday, 3.05pm - Live BBC & S4C Given all that has transpired on and off the pitch this season, the last thing(...)

Incoming Ulster coach Dan McFarland looks to be a good fit for the province. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

That was meant to have been a quiet week; just the Pro14 quarter-final between Munster and Edinburgh, and the Ulster Bank League final featuring Lansd(...)

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