Nathan Doak is in line to make his third straight start for Ulster in Friday’s meeting  with the Lions at the Kingspan Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ulster’s injury list in the early stages of the season has restricted their scope for rotation in the opening rounds of the United Rugby Championship,(...)

Ulster’s Nathan Doak scores his side’s fifth try despite the tackle of Fraser Brown of Glasgow Warriors during the United Rugby Championship at  Kingspan Stadium in  Belfast. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ulster v Benetton, Kingspan Stadium, Friday, 7.35pm – Live TG4 and Premier Sport 1 While anything other than a third straight win for Ulster looks a(...)

Ulster’s Will Addison makes a break during their win over Zebre. Photo: Massimiliano Carnabuci/Inpho

Zebre 3 Ulster 36 It all panned out in the expected way in Parma with Ulster winning with plenty to spare, though perhaps without delivering on the o(...)

Robert Baloucoune scoring a try on his Ireland debut against the United States at the Aviva Stadium in July. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ulster v Glasgow Warriors, Kingspan Stadium, Friday, 7.35pm – Live Premier Sports 1 It’s hardly the worst looking opener for Ulster. After all, it’s (...)

Robert Baloucoune scores a try on his Ireland debut against the USA. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Rewind to March 14th at Murrayfield. With four minutes remaining, Ireland had just been pegged back to 24-all, having lost to Wales and France before (...)

Ireland’s Robert Baloucoune scores their side’s first try of the game against the USA  at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin.  Photograph: Donall Farmer/PA Wire

Ireland 71 USA 10 As has now been immortalised by that video of Craig Casey crooning Careless Whisper in the away dressingroom at the Stadio Olimpico(...)

Winger Robert Baloucoune goes over for Ireland’s first try at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Ireland 71 USA 10 On an idyllic sunny evening in Dublin, this was the largest crowd at a rugby game in Ireland for almost a year and a half. The 6,00(...)

Ireland’s Rónan Kelleher scores one of his four tries during the game against the USA at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

15 Hugo Keenan His reading of the game was once again first class, good instincts, good habits and an awareness of everything that’s going on around (...)

Nick Timoney: Ulster backrow and former  star of Blackrock’s Leinster schools-winning side in 2013 will win  his first  senior Ireland cap when he lines out against the USA. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland v USA, Aviva Stadium, Saturday, 7.15pm – Live on RTÉ 2 Normally an Irish summer expedition abroad in the year of a Lions tour is a relatively(...)

Ireland head coach Andy Farrell said of the players that will not make the cut, ‘I hope that they’ve enjoyed the experience’. Photograph: Getty

The odds were always against all dozen of the uncapped players in Ireland’s 37-man squad being afforded their Test debuts in this summer’s mini-series(...)

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