Ulster centre Stuart McCloskey appeared today before an independent PRO12 Rugby disciplinary committee following his red card during the second half of the province's win over Edinburgh at BT Murrayfield last Friday.
Tries from Ruan Pienaar and Darren Cave, backed up by sheer stubborn resistance as they defended their lead with 13 men in the closing minutes, saw Ulster leave BT Murrayfield tonight with a hard-fought 20-17 win over Edinburgh.
The way the fixtures have fallen, this will be be Ulster's second successive GUINNESS PRO12 outing against Benetton Treviso. They were four-point winners in Italy last month and another triumph in Belfast would be a fitting way to mark Craig Gilroy's 100th provincial cap.
Ulster and Ireland winger Andrew Trimble will miss the rest of this season following confirmation that he has suffered a recurrence of the toe injury that he sustained in October against Glasgow Warriors.
Tommy Bowe looked on last March as Ireland clinched the RBS 6 Nations title in Paris. 'A sofa in a mate's house' was his vantage point, screaming at the TV replaced calls among the back-line on the pitch. Nearly a year on and there is renewed excitement for the fit-again Monaghan man as he hopes to add to his haul of 28 Test tries.
Belfast has been chosen as the host city for the 2015 GUINNESS PRO12 final on Saturday, May 30 at 6.30pm. The league decider will be played at Kingspan Stadium, the home of Ulster Rugby. Tickets will go on public sale on Tuesday, February 3 through Ticketmaster and Ulster Rugby.
Tonight at Kingspan Stadium Ulster exited the European Rugby Champions Cup with ironically their strongest display of the campaign, as Darren Cave contributed three tries in a 26-7 bonus point victory over Leicester Tigers.