Paddy Jackson returns from a shoulder injury for Ulster’s Guinness Pro 12 clash with Connacht on St Stephen’s Day. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Inpho/Presseye/

Ireland international outhalf Paddy Jackson returns from a shoulder injury to take his place in the Ulster side for the sold-out Guinness Pro 12 fixtu(...)

Ulster centre Darren Cave  breaks clear to score a try during the European Champions Cup match against Scarlets at parc y Scarlets. Photograph:    Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Scarlets 22 Ulster 13James Davies scored a late try as Scarlets beat Ulster 22-13 at Parc y Scarlets to keep their chances alive of reaching the knock(...)

Nick Williams of Ulster is tackled by Emyr Phillips and Samson Lee of Scarlets at Ravenhill last weekend. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Nick Williams and Wiehahn Herbst will not be included in Ulster’s squad as the province continue to count the cost of their bonus point win over Scarl(...)

Ulster’s Ian Humphreys charges through the Scarlets defence during the province’s victory at Kingspan stadium. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Ulster fulfilled the pre-match remit of winning with a bonus point, but the victory extracted a high tariff as five players went off injured. Stuart O(...)

Ulster’s Darren Cave scores a try despite the tackle of Scarlets’ Scott Williams during the European Rugby Champions Cup match at  Kingspan Stadium in Belfast. Photograph:  Darren Kidd/Inpho/Presseye

Ulster 24 Scarlets 9Ulster delivered the bonus-point victory but the tariff was mighty high in terms of injuries. During the course of a hard-fought c(...)

 Ruan Pienaar (centre) returns from injury to face the Scarlets. Photograph: Inpho

Ruan Pienaar will make his first start of the season for Ulster as they attempt to breathe some life into their ailing Champions Cup against the Scarl(...)

Darren Cave scored two tries against the Ospreys in Ulster’s 25-16 victory in the   Guinness Pro 12 game at the  Kingspan Stadium in Belfast. Photograph: Russell Pritchard/Inpho/Presseye

Ulster 25 Ospreys 16Ulster somehow toughed this one out to become the first side to down the Ospreys in this season’s Guinness Pro12 on a foul night o(...)

 Stuart Olding of Ulster is tackled by Steffon Armitage (left) of Toulon  in Belfast last weekend. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Stuart Olding has been released from the Ireland camp to line out for Ulster against Newport-Gwent Dragons on saturday night (7.35pm).The centre, howe(...)

Lewis Stevenson: “We perhaps let ourselves down a little bit which just adds to the frustration.” Photograph: Darren Kidd/Inpho

Ulster are hurting. The last two weekends in the European Rugby Champions Cup have seen them lose to Leicester Tigers at Welford Road and then watch T(...)

 Munster outhalf Ian Keatley  looks up after kicking the match-winning drop-goal against Sale Sharks during the European  Champions Cup clash at the  AJ Bell Stadium in Salford, England. Photo:  Gareth Copley/Getty Images

A goal-kicker’s lot is different. His job spec affords him even more responsibility than a striker in football. Nor is it quite as unique as, say, a g(...)

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