Ulster prop Declan Fitzpatrick appeared today before an independent PRO12 Rugby disciplinary committee following the red card issued to him for striking an opponent early on in last Saturday's league match between Ulster and Zebre in Parma.
All roads lead to the Aviva Stadium on Saturday as Leinster and Munster clash in another eagerly-awaited interprovincial derby. Round 5 of the GUINNESS PRO12 also includes home fixtures for Connacht and Ulster on Friday night.
14-man Ulster slid to their first defeat of the 2014/15 campaign in sunny Parma as a combative Zebre capitalised on their numerical advantage and a disallowed Darren Cave try to avenge their recent 33-13 reversal in round 2.
With Dan Tuohy out for 12 weeks with a broken arm and Iain Henderson set for hip surgery this week, Neil McComb knows that there is now more responsibility on his shoulders than arguably any other time in his Ulster career.
In order to facilitate fixture schedules in the Top 14, the Aviva Premiership and the GUINNESS PRO12, the Board of EPCR has agreed to revise the qualification play-off format for the 2015/16 European Rugby Champions Cup.
Rhys Webb's second-minute try for the Ospreys in their victory over Edinburgh last Sunday was the fastest scored in the GUINNESS PRO12 so far this season, while Munster's Simon Zebo, who helped himself to three tries against Zebre, became just the fourth player to score a first half hat-trick in league history.
Ulster were crowned IRFU Under-20 Interprovincial champions for 2014/15 after a 17-12 triumph away to Munster on Friday - their third win of the series. Meanwhile, Connacht and Leinster scored 14 tries in a free-flowing final encounter at the Sportsground.
Three teams - leaders Munster, Connacht and last year's winners Leinster - are still in the running to be crowned IRFU Women's Interprovincial champions for 2014/15. It all makes for a fascinating final round on Saturday.
Two games down. Eight points gained. You would think that the Ulster players would be largely pleased with their start to the season. However, having drawn with the Scarlets and made a few errors in the convincing win over Zebre, the squad feel that there is room for improvement.