Leinster’s Ryan Baird evades a tackle from George Horne of Glasgow on his way to scoring a try during the Guinness Pro 14 game at the RDS. Photograph:  Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Leinster’s Ryan Baird will train with Ireland for the early part of the week as a 35-man squad convened at Abbotstown to prepare for Saturday week’s S(...)

 Ruan Pienaar and Robert Balacoune embrace after Saturday’s game. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ulster 20 Cheetahs 10 Hardly the most memorable way to equal their 21-game unbeaten home record, but Ulster got the job done on a wet and uncomfortab(...)

Ulster’s Matt Faddes in action during the Guinness Pro 14 game against Ospreys at the Liberty Stadium. Photograph:  Alex James/Inpho

Ospreys 26 Ulster 24 Ulster head coach Dan McFarland hit out at his team’s naivety after they became only the second side to lose to the Ospreys this(...)

 Gareth Thomas of the Ospreys celebrates at the full-time whistle. Photo: Alex James/Inpho

Ospreys 26 Ulster 24 Hooker Scott Otten crossed for two tries as Ospreys celebrated only their second Pro14 victory of the season as they edged out (...)

Garry Ringrose’s departure had a major impact on Ireland’s attack against Scotland. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Attrition remains Farrell’s true enemy Four bodies per game. The rate of attrition for this Six Nations has been set. If Dave Kilcoyne and Caelan Dor(...)

Ireland’s Garry Ringrose will not feature against Wales or England. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland will be without centre Garry Ringrose until the visit of Italy to Dublin next month. The Leinster back picked up a hand injury during the fir(...)

Ireland’s Devin Toner, Andrew Porter, Josh van der Flier, Ronan Kelleher, Peter O’Mahony and John Cooney celebrate a penalty after a turn over by CJ Stander late in the match against Scotland. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The roar of approbation as the last consonant of Devin Toner’s name escaped over the tannoy at the Aviva Stadium 67 minutes into Ireland’s Six Nations(...)

Ulster’s Billy Burns makes a break against Bath during the Heineken Champions Cup clash at Kingspan Stadium. “I’m in the squad but that doesn’t mean I’m an international. I’ve to prove my worth and hopefully get on the pitch.”  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ulster 22 Bath 15 For the second time in this pool campaign, the most intriguing subplot within Ulster’s successful pursuit of a second quarter-fin(...)

 Ulster’s Robert Baloucoune scores his side’s second try. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

In the event, the end of Munster’s forlorn hopes of making the knock-out stages came swiftly. Glasgow’s bonus point win over Sale by 45-7, with their (...)

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(...)

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