A late Paddy Jackson drop goal handed Ulster a nail-biting 19-18 victory over the Exeter Chiefs at the Kingspan Stadium and kept their slim European hopes alive.
Gareth Steenson and Jackson traded drop goals in the last five minutes, and Steenson had a second chance to put the Chiefs ahead again but pushed a second drop kick wide.
Sean Reidy scored the only try of the game just before half-time, while Jackson also added three penalties to keep Ulster ahead for most of the game and maintain...
First and foremost, the rugby takes second place this week.
Last Sunday we lost a legend of the game. The news of Anthony Foley's death rocked the rugby community, and at just 42 it came as a shock to everyone. As the European matches continue, Axel will be commemorated across Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England, France and Italy, a true reflection on how much he impacted rugby, not only in Munster and Ireland.
There will be a minute's silence before every game this weekend, including at the...
Ulster utility back Louis Ludik has signed a new three-year deal with the province which will keep him at the Kingspan Stadium until 2020.
The South African, who will qualify to play for Ireland at the end of this season, is primarily a full-back but has also been utilised in the centre and on the wing for Ulster.
Ludik, 30, joined Ulster in 2014 from French side Agen and had signed a one-year contract extension at the end of last season.
He's been one of Ulster's best players so far this...
A LATE SURGE of tries from Bordeaux condemned Ulster to an opening defeat in their Champions Cup campaign as they lost 28-13 in the Stade Chaban-Delmas.
The Ulster defence had held out admirably for most of the second half, but after Sebastien Taofifenua crossed with eight minutes to go, it spelled the end for Ulster.
Coming into the game it had been billed as a battle between the two Irish fly-halves: Ian Madigan and Paddy Jackson.
The early stages of the game belonged to Madigan and Bordeaux....
Now would be a good time to put a pin in the PRO12 after that defeat to Connacht.
We were off-colour and, for the first time this season, defensively suspect, so ahead of Europe it was maybe best that we received a wake-up call. Because you definitely don't want to be going away to France in anything less than a fully-focused frame of mind.
So the domestic side of the game will take a seat for a second, and instead we have to take on the European beast once more. In some ways it's rather...
Ulster's Ruan Pienaar and Dan Tuohy have both been named in the Barbarians squad to face Fiji at the Kingspan Stadium next month.
They are the fourth and fifth players in Robbie Deans and Will Greenwood's squad, joining Australians Taqele Naiyaravoro and Will Skelton, and former All Black Andy Ellis.
Pienaar will be making his fourth appearance for the Barbarians having featured for them on three previous occasions, including last year's 22-21 win over Ireland at Thomond Park, while Tuohy will...