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.
The various head coaches, directors of rugby and player representatives from the four GUINNESS PRO12 semi-finalists were at BT Murrayfield as they prepare to battle for a place in the league final in Edinburgh on Saturday, May 28.
The annual GUINNESS PRO12 Awards took place at the Guinness Storehouse, Dublin, this evening. Players, coaches and key personnel from all 12 teams involved in the league were in attendance to celebrate the 2015/16 season.
Ulster set up a GUINNESS PRO12 semi-final showdown with Leinster, turning on the style in an electric six-try 46-26 defeat of the Ospreys, with Paddy Jackson once again outstanding both from the hand and the boot.
Chris Henry says Ulster 'can't let it slip away' as they look to back up last week's excellent interpro win over Leinster by beating the Ospreys in Wales and qualifying for the last four of the GUINNESS PRO12.
Ulster director of rugby Les Kiss has named his team for Saturday's GUINNESS PRO12 round 22 clash with the Ospreys in Swansea (kick-off 3pm), as the province aim to make the play-offs for a fourth successive year.
Ulster outplayed Leinster to set up a grandstand finish to the GUINNESS PRO12's regular season, strengthening their grip on fourth place where only the Scarlets can usurp them should Les Kiss' men fail to win next week at the Ospreys.
Ulster needed just one half of rugby to secure their crucial bonus point in Parma, adding three more tries in the second period to move above the Scarlets - heavily beaten at home by Glasgow Warriors - into fourth in the GUINNESS PRO12 with two rounds to play.