The Ulster coaching staff have named the two squads for Friday's double header at Kingspan Stadium. Ulster 'A' will take on Canada 'A' at 5.15pm and the province's senior team will host Northampton Saints at 7.30pm.
Les Kiss has named an exciting squad for Ulster's pre-season trip to Exeter Chiefs on Saturday (Sandy Park, kick-off 3pm). The fixture will give Kiss an opportunity to assess some of his more experienced players, along with some Hughes Insurance Academy graduates.
Saracens, last season's winners of an historic Champions Cup and Aviva Premiership double, will get their 2016/17 European campaign underway with a truly heavyweight clash with three-time champions Toulon at Stade Félix Mayol on Saturday, October 15.
Queen's University, the oldest continuous rugby club in Ulster, is hoping with the help of Louis Ludik and former prop Bronson Ross to gain promotion to Division 1B of the Ulster Bank League this season.
The Ulster squad has been announced for Saturday's pre-season encounter with Leinster at Navan RFC (kick-off 3pm). New signings Rodney Ah You, Brett Herron and Angus Lloyd are in line to make their first appearances in Ulster colours after being named in the panel.
Ulster head coach Neil Doak says the squad is in a good place as they builds towards the start of the 2016/17 campaign, with a pre-season tie against Leinster in Navan on Saturday week (August 13) first on the agenda.
The Irish Rugby Football Union provided an unbudgeted additional 1 million euro in the 2015/16 season to the provinces (250,000 euro each) to assist with the difficulties experienced by all in the player contracting market.