Ulster’s Marcell Coetzee scores a try against Southern Kings during the  PRO14 clash at  Kingspan Stadium. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Ulster 33 Southern Kings 19 The mood should have been more upbeat, after Ulster’s fourth straight PRO14 win had moved them above Benetton Rugby to ta(...)

Ireland’s fullback Andrew Conway eludes the tackle of  Japan winger Kenki Fukuoka  during the Test match in Tokyo. Photograph: kazuhiro Nogi/Getty

Ireland 35 Tries: G Ringrose, K Marmion, R Ruddock, J van der Flier, S Reidy Cons: P Jackson (5) Japan 13 Tries: K Matsushima, A Yamada Pen: J Og(...)

An emotional Ruan Pienaar after his last game for Ulster against Leinster at the  Kingspan Stadium. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Presseye/Inpho

Well, Ruan Pienaar’s hugely emotional farewell proved it, as if it needed proving. Too choked with tears to even put into words how he felt in the i(...)

Munster’s Angus Lloyd scores a try despite an attempted tackle  from Ulster’s Sean Reidy  during the Guinness Pro 12 game at  Thomond Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Munster 22 Ulster 20 Munster avoid losing a game Ulster couldn’t win if they were to keep playing all night long. Maybe the stakes were too low. Mun(...)

Ulster coach Les Kiss: “Our defensive line shrank in a bit and that gave them space on the edge that put us on the back foot. Defensively we can definitely improve.” Photograph: Getty Images

Ulster 39 Clermont Auvergne 32 The context of the victory reveals the magnitude of the achievement. Ulster were missing half a dozen frontline playe(...)

Ulster’s Paddy Jackson has continued his fine form from Ireland’s summer tour of South Africa into the start of the domestic season. Photograph: Inpho

And then there were two. Ulster entertain the Ospreys this Saturday at the Kingspan Stadium boasting one of the last two unbeaten records after four (...)

 Luke Marshall scores Ulster’s opening try in the Guinness Pro 12 game against Benetton Treviso at Stadio Monigo. Photograph: Matteo Ciambelli/Inpho

Treviso 11 Ulster 22 Not for the first time, Ulster found themselves having to roll up their sleeves to come away with a victory from Italy in what w(...)

‘Despite being uncapped for two years, Marshall was so clearly ready to play a Test match in South Africa’ Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Without trying to be controversial or critical in any way of Joe Schmidt and the undoubted impact made by Andy Farrell, this victory belongs to the pl(...)

Ulster outhalf Paddy Jackson runs in a try late in the  Guinness Pro 12 victory over Leinster at  Kingspan Stadium in Belfast. Photograph:  Darren Kidd/Inpho/Presseye

Ulster 30 Leinster 6 Ulster put one foot into the play-offs, and ensured Leinster will have to beat Treviso next Saturday if they are to ensure a hom(...)

Ulster director of rugby Les Kiss: “We have to get five points and we also have to sit and wait for a couple of results.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Irish rugby’s 19-year run of having at least one team in the knockout stages of one or other of the two European competitions is hanging by a thread. (...)

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