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Ulster’s John Cooney in action against Ospreys – injuries saw the scrumhalf moved to outhalf during the game. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

When Ulster had finished the unsettling humiliation of their coach in 2012 the Guardian newspaper ran a headline. “Brian McLaughlin shows success is s(...)

 Ulster’s head coach Jono Gibbes: “The decision to leave here is a difficult one professionally because I support the team and the staff, and I am excited for what the future holds for them.”  Photograph: Kevin Barnes/Inpho

It’s been an annus horribilis for Ulster rugby on and off the pitch, and one that shows no sign of abating following the news that head coach Jono Gib(...)

Les Kiss has left his role as Ulster director of rugby with immediate effect. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ulster head coach Jono Gibbes will assume responsibility for all coaching matters at the province following the announcement on Wednesday that directo(...)

Donnacha Ryan and Devin Toner in training for Ireland’s clash with Canada. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

An entirely remodelled Irish team for Saturday’s game against Canada smacks of a preordained selection strategy. However, Joe Schmidt yesterday revea(...)

Scarlets winger DTH Van Der Merwe returns to the Canada side for Saturday’s Test against Ireland. Photograph:   Simon King/Inpho/CameraSport

Despite the absence of Jamie Cudmore and Tyler Ardron among others, Mark Anscombe has named a fairly experienced Canadian team to face Ireland. Aaron (...)

Ireland assistant coach Simon Easterby with Joe Schmidt. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Tuesday’s teeming rain offered a minor irritant for many of the 39-man Ireland group that began preparations in earnest for the game against Canada at(...)

 Jamie Heaslip leads his Leinster team onto the field before their Champions Cup match against Wasps at the Ricoh Arena. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The redrawn European club map in the shape of the European Champions Cup was driven by the Anglo-French club axis to ensure that the bigger economies (...)

Ulster’s Nick Williams and Jared Payne dejected after the loss to Toulon at the weekend. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Inpho

I thought Ulster would be better than this. It was arguable going into the start of the European season that they were actually the best placed Irish (...)

Les Kiss: delighted to get the security in the long term and is focused on next year. Photograph: Inpho/Presseye/Jonathan Porter

In addition to confirming that Neil Doak will be Ulster’s head coach on a full-time basis, the IRFU has also announced that Les Kiss will resume his d(...)

Luke Marshall at Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Photograph: Jonathan Porter/Inpho/Presseye

Luke Marshall has had his problems. Concussion followed by concussion along with Gordon D’Arcy’s refusal to go quietly into the international wildern(...)

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