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Ulster’s Jacob Stockdale scoring  a try against the  Leicester Tigers at Kingspan Stadium,  Belfast.  Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Ulster  24 Leicester Tigers 10 The relief was palpable. Saturday has long since ceased to be prime time viewing for paying spectators, but the e(...)

Munster’s Joey Carbery  after the Champions Cup match against Exeter Chiefs  at Sandy Park stadium. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

A satisfying opening weekend for the Irish in Europe, albeit a decidedly more trying one awaits in round two. Leinster, Ulster and Connacht all won at(...)

 Ulster’s Alan O’Connor dives over to score  a try during the  Heineken Champions Cup match against Leicester at Kingspan stadium. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Ulster captain Rory Best could scarcely conceal his delight after Ulster’s hugely important 24-10 win over Leicester gave their Heineken Champions Cup(...)

Ulster’s Jacob Stockale scores a try during the Heineken Champions Cup match against Leicester at  Kingspan stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ulster 24 Leicester 10 On rain-sodden European opening nights such as this, the result is paramount, the performance secondary. Wasteful in the first(...)

Bundee Aki races clear to score Connacht’s third try in Belfast. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ulster 15 Connacht 22 It finally happened. Connacht did what many felt was beyond them by finally ending the 58-year hoodoo of not winning in Belfast(...)

Ulster and Ireland captain Rory Best starts this Friday night against Connacht. Photograph: Matt Mackey/Inpho

Rory Best and Jacob Stockdale will make their first appearances of the season in Friday’s Pro14 tie against Connacht at Kingspan Stadium. The pair ha(...)

TG4’s coverage at the Sportsground on Saturday was sloppy. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Where is the journalism? Choose your channel. Former players and coaches as commentators have obvious value: take a leaf from Tony Romo’s playbook. T(...)

The final scoreboard tells the story of a grim night for Ulster at Thomond Park. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

 Munster 64 Ulster 7 The mid-winter campaign is not here yet but for Ulster this was a not-so-perfect storm. Their two-week, two-game trek to So(...)

Munster outhalf Joey Carbery breaks  free on his way to scoring a try during the Guinness Pro 14 game  against Ulster at  Thomond Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Munster 64 Ulster 7 Munster will know better than anyone that sterner tests await, beginning with Leinster at the Aviva Stadium next Saturday and hig(...)

Cian Healy: ‘It’s more enjoyable. It’s a more talented game now. There’s so much focus on skill and being tactically able to break teams down.’ Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

A throwaway line. But, as a crisp analysis of how Cian Healy has remained relevant to Joe Schmidt and Irish rugby, Monday’s thought may be one for the(...)

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