Ulster head coach Dan McFarland will expect his side to bounce back from last weekend’s defeat to   Clermont Auvergne. Photograph: Craig Watson/Inphpo

Ulster v Bath, Kingspan Stadium, Saturday, 3.15pm - Live on BT Sport 2 Ulster head coach Dan McFarland might have spent a little of last weekend fulm(...)

Racing 92’s Virimi Vakatawa scores a try against Munster. Munster need Racing to defeat Saracens away to have any chance themselves of a quarter-final place. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

It’s been a slow burner but at last the European Champions Cup came vibrantly to life over the penultimate weekend. The net effect has left the four p(...)

Ulster fullback Will Addison goes off injured during the Heineken Champions Cup match away to Clermont Auvergne. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

While Ulster have no further update on the injury status of fullback Will Addison or prop Marty Moore, the two players will be sweating as coach Andy (...)

Devin Toner has spoken about being left out of Joe Schmidt’s Rugby World Cup squad. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Toner’s tall tale Nobody wants to flog a dead horse but neither does Devin Toner want the perception to exist that he’s no longer a thoroughbred. Onl(...)

Clermont’s French winger Alivereti Raka  scores a try against Ulster during the European Champions Cup clash at Stade Marcel  Michelin stadium in Clermont-Ferrand. Photograph: Thierry Zoccolan/AFP/ Getty

Knowing their quarter-final destiny remained in their own hands was of little comfort to Ulster head coach Dan McFarland in the Stade Marcel Michelin(...)

Clermont’s Isaia Toeava   is tackled by Robert Baloucoune. Photo: Getty Images

Clermont 29 Ulster 13 Ulster surrendered the lead of Pool 3 to Clermont after the hosts fought back in the second-half at the Stade Marcel Michelin t(...)

Billy Burns: will be looking to impress  the Ireland coaching team when Ulster face Clermont Auvergne at Stade Marcel Michelin. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Clermont Auvergne v Ulster, Saturday, Stade Marcel Michelin, 2.0pm local time/1.0pm Irish time - Live on BT Sport Ulster’s resilience, the ability to(...)

Leinster’s Scott Fardy played two of their interpro derbies over the festive period. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Ireland’s National Player Management Programme is much admired outside the country, or certainly appears to be given how often it gets an airing from (...)

Ulster’s Stuart McCloskey in action against Munster in the Guinness Pro14  at Kingspan Stadium in  Belfast last Friday. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

The three rounds of festive interpros can be a mixed bag, and certainly didn’t offer much in the way of cheer for Connacht or, ultimately, Munster. Ha(...)

Toulouse have such a stranglehold on Pool 5 that realistically, they too are merely jostling for ranking positions. Photograph: Pascal Guyot/AFP

Whisper it quietly, but have the opening four rounds of the Heineken Champions Cup been a little, well, if not dull then prosaic? The make-up of the q(...)

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