• In the Ward Cup last night Connacht and Ulster shared the spoils.

    Castlebar Celtic's Jordan Loftus was on the score sheet for Connacht and the game finished out 1 apiece.


  • Ulster secured a comfortable 35-3 victory over Irish rivals Connacht in rugby union's Pro14.


    They crossed the line five times with different try scorers to wrap up the bonus point win.


    They remain second in conference A, while Connacht start third in conference B.

  • Ulster travel to Connacht tomorrow evening in pursuit of a fifth straight victory.

    Wing Henry Speight starts his last game for the province before returning to Australia in the New Year.

    Out-half Johnny McPhillips, wing Angus Kernohan, centre Darren Cave and flanker Nick Timoney come into the starting 15.

    Ulster defeated Munster last Friday night and head-coach Dan McFarland was pleased with their display in Belfast

    Connacht have made four changes in the pack from their last-gasp defeat at Leinster last time out.

    Hooker Shane Delahunt and prop Conor Carey come into the front-row, Quinn Roux starts at lock, with Sean O'Brien at blindside flanker.

    Stephen Fitzgerald, who signed on loan from Munster yesterday, is among the replacements.