Ulster have today announced the capture of South African international Arno Botha, who will move to Belfast following the conclusion of the 2017 Super Rugby campaign. He will join the province on a two-year deal.
With Spring Leagues expanding even further and Summer Leagues running from May to August, IRFU Volkswagen Tag teams should register early this year to avoid missing out in venues which can fill up by the end of the month.
Ulster found themselves all but eliminated from the European Champions Cup at the end of a pulsating encounter at Sandy Park where two tries from Charles Piutau and one from Sean Reidy fell short of taming a rampant Exeter Chiefs side.
Munster will win Pool 1 with a game to go if they can triumph at Scotstoun Stadium this evening. Having missed out on the Champions Cup knockout stages in the past two seasons, it would be a major step forward for the province.
If Leinster can avenge their October defeat in Montpellier, they will secure top spot in Pool 4 and book their place in the Champions Cup quarter-finals. Leo Cullen's men open round 5 at home to the second-placed French side who are five points behind them.
With over 17,000 tickets sold ahead of an expected sold-out fixture, Leinster head coach Leo Cullen has named his team to face Montpellier in Friday's Champions Cup round 5 clash at the RDS (kick-off 7.45pm).