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Ulster head coach Dan McFarland looks on during his side’s defeat to Leinster in the Pro14 final at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Being contemporaries of this Leinster machine must be at least a little demoralising. For Ulster, the drought without a trophy goes back to 2006 and h(...)

John Delaney: in their book, Champagne Football,  Sunday Times journalists Mark Tighe and Paul Rowan  suggest that the former FAI CEO’s  credit card was used at times to pay for jewellery, limousines and hotels. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The FAI may have subsidised John Delaney’s lavish lifestyle and efforts to fend off press interest in his activities to the tune of three quarters of (...)

Leinster’s Ross Byrne has been tasked with the outhalf position for the Pro14 final against Ulster. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Pro14 final: Leinster v Ulster Kick-off: 7.35pm, Saturday. Venue: Aviva Stadium. How to follow: The Irish Times liveblog will begin at 7pm. On TV: Li(...)

Ulster’s Ian Madigan celebrates his team’s comeback win in Edinburgh. Photograph: PA

Ulster 22 Edinburgh 19 Cometh the hour cometh Ian Madigan. That’s’ the only way to explain Ulster’s unbelievable recovery to somehow find safe passag(...)

 Ulster coach Dan McFarland: ”I have a love of the contact, of collective speed, that the system lasts longer at a persistent speed than the opposition.”  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

There are several ways to interpret Ulster’s awful restart. They appear to be mired in pre-season mode. At least the halfbacks cannot mess up the fund(...)

Ulster head coach Dan McFarland has named Billy Burns, Louis Ludik and Alan O’Connor in his starting team for the trip to Edinburgh. File photograph: Inpho

Billy Burns returns to captain Ulster as one of three changes for Saturday’s Pro14 semi-final against Edinburgh (BT Murrayfield, 7.35pm). Burns, Loui(...)

Ian Madigan is in the Ulster squad for Sunday’s clash with Connacht. File photograph: Inpho

New signings Alby Mathewson and Ian Madigan will start on the Ulster replacements bench for Sunday’s interprovincial derby against Connacht at the Avi(...)

The IRFU reportedly intends to shave off 20 per cent of player salaries in order to save €13 million. File photograph: Inpho

Battle lines drawn ‘Everyone In’ - the sponsorship slogan poured down our throats this past year is ridiculed by the IRFU’s failure to communicate di(...)

Max Deegan won his first Ireland cap against Wales on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland head coach Andy Farrell has released 13 players back to their provinces while retaining a further 23 for a two-day camp in the Cork Institute (...)

Noel McNamara: “The reality is that the gap from the Under 20s, to the Pro14, to the Champions Cup and indeed to senior international honours is getting smaller and smaller.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland Under-20 coach Noel McNamara understands the folly of determining success and failure at age-grade level simply by results. It is not that t(...)

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