Connacht’s Bundee Aki skips past Jacob Stockdale of Ulster on his way to scoring his side’s second try during the Guinness Pro 14 game at the  Sportsground in  Galway. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Connacht 44 Ulster 16 What a win, what a night at the Galway Sportsground. Connacht had demonstrated improving form over the last two weeks, but no(...)

Munster’s Jaco Taute scores their third try against Leicester last weekend. Photo: Dan Sherida/Inpho

Irish rugby in December 2016 feels like a harmonious ecosystem. It certainly looks that way from recent results. Everyone, from players to coaches,(...)

Cian Kelleher scores Connacht’s fourth try during the Guinness Pro 12 derby encounter with Ulster at the Sportsground. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht 30 Ulster 25 Connacht are back, and how. On a gorgeous becalmed night in the west of Ireland, there was nothing calm about this frenzied and(...)

Ulster’s Nick Williams is tackled during his side’s win over Glasgow. Photograph: Inpho

Ulster 13 Glasgow Warriors 10 The goal was to bank a third successive win midway through this six-game segment and in that regard the primary aim was(...)

Ulster’s Michael Allen tackled to touch just before scoring by Manoa Vosawai and Edoardo Gori of Benetton Treviso. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

ULSTER 32 (Tries: Allen 2, Marshall, Bowe, Best; Pen: Jackson; Cons: Jackson 2)TREVISO 13 (Try: Barbieri; Pens: Berquist, Di Bernardo; Con: Barbieri)U(...)