Ulster centre Luke Marshall has been ruled out with an Achilles issue and will be sidelined for at least two weeks. Photograph: Jonathan Porter/Presseye/Inpho

Even though they haven’t played since just about getting past Southern Kings at the start of the month, Ulster are now returning to Pro14 action weigh(...)

Ireland’s Dave Kearney scores a try despite the efforts of Timoci Nagusa of Fiji during the the game at the  Aviva stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland 23 Fiji 20 Much like the overall collective performance, many of those auditioning for Joe Schmidt’s Ireland had patchy games, as ultimately (...)

Bundee Aki at an  Ireland  training session in  Carton House, Co Kildare. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

People of a certain vintage will remember John Sullivan’s sitcom Citizen Smith, – he also wrote Only Fools and Horses – where Robert Lindsay played th(...)

  Kieran Treadwell  will join up with the Ireland squad on Wednesday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland have no injury concerns ahead of their opening November test series match against South Africa at the Aviva stadium on Saturday (5.30pm). Uls(...)

Argentina players celebrate after their third try during a World Cup quarter final victory against Ireland in 2015. Photograph: Franck Fife/Getty/AFP

Defeats rankle with Joe Schmidt but none of them are on the scale of the World Cup quarter-final defeat to Argentina. Despite a manifest and unnecessa(...)

Leinster’s Jordan Larmour is tackled short of the line by Rory Best of Ulster. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Inpho

Ulster 10 Leinster 25 Moving into the 70th minute of a sold-out Kingspan Stadium, after another Ulster handling error, Luke McGrath veered away from (...)

Connacht’s newly-qualified Bundee Aki is set to battle with Ulster’s Stuart McCloskey to partner Robbie Henshaw in the centre. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Following on from last summer’s tour to the USA and Japan, to all intents and purposes yesterday’s Ireland squad announcement continued the countdown (...)

Iain Henderson will captain Ulster for the first time in Friday’s Champions Cup opening game against Wasps. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Iain Henderson will captain Ulster for the first time in Friday night’s Champions Cup opening game against Wasps at Kingspan Stadium (7.45pm). The 25(...)

Stuart McCloskey:  has been very effective on the gainline so far this season for Ulster. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ulster v Connacht, Kingspan Stadium (7.35, live on BBC 2 and TG4) Let the jostling begin. Although it falls outside the direct focus of securing a (...)

Munster’s CJ Stander and Jack Conan of Leinster battle for the ball. They could also be battling for Ireland number 8 shirt. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Can anyone read Joe Schmidt’s mind before the wounded Springboks come to Dublin on November 11th? Help is at hand. Leinster and Munster crossing path(...)

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