Andy Farrell:  instead of the Fijian tour, the IRFU are very close to signing off on two home Tests this summer  against Japan and the United States. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

There can be little doubt that the lack of a voice from the Irish coaching ticket, and specifically Andy Farrell, didn’t help the chances of one or tw(...)

Will Addison: the 28-year-old Irish international making his last appearance for Ulster in a Heineken Champions Cup pool match against Bath in  January  2020 in Belfast. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ulster v Connacht, Kingspan Stadium (8.15, live on Eir Sport 2 and Premier Sports) Will Addison’s patience and character received a gruelling examin(...)

Ulster’s Robert Baloucoune is a rare ‘commodity’ in Irish rugby a bona fide wing with the skill sets to match his top end pace. File photograph: Inpho

The Rainbow Cup exudes a more monochrome hue with the confirmation that the South African franchises won’t be travelling to the northern hemisphere; i(...)

 Rob Herring scores Ulster’s fifth try against Harlequins at The Stoop. Photograph: Getty Images

Harlequins 21 Ulster 57 Ulster progressed to the quarter-finals of the European Challenge Cup and will now face Northampton Saints at Franklin’s Gard(...)

Leinster’s Hugo Keenan makes a break during the Guinness Pro 14 Final against Munster at the RDS. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

There is still a wide-eyed wonder about Hugo Keenan, how it is he got here. A former Irish Sevens player, he’s no stranger to the thinner air of inter(...)

Ulster’s Michael Lowry scores a try despite Zebre’s Josh Renton tackle during the Guinness Pro 14 game at the  Kingspan Stadium in Belfast. Photograph:  Matt Mackey/Inpho

Ulster 49 Zebre 3 Another meaningless game for Ulster in terms of the already settled Pro 14 standings, the usefulness of this last league outing wil(...)

Robbie Henshaw making his Ireland debut against the USA at the  BBVA Stadium in Houston, Texas in June 2013. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

This summer the Ireland rugby team is scheduled to tour the Pacific Islands taking in Test matches against Tonga and Fiji. As things stand those inter(...)

 Of Ireland’s eight tries so far, Will Connors’ first score against Italy is all that can be paraded around the winner’s enclosure as a strategy invented in the coach’s box. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Sometimes in rugby you play the opposition, not the game. Take Ulster’s sparkling backline. Robert Baloucoune has returned from injury with serious po(...)

Dan Sheehan forces his way over for a try against Ulster. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ulster 19 Leinster 38 An anti-climactic occasion to seal the anti-climactic finale to the Conference campaigns. Leinster sealed their place in the fi(...)

Ulster’s Robert Baloucoune will be starting his first game in over a year. File photograph: Inpho

Ulster v Leinster, Kingspan Stadium, Saturday, 7.35pm – Live Eir Sport 1 and Premier Sports 1 (deferred on TG4, 9.30pm) Ulster’s Pro14 season reaches(...)

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