Ulster have been given the task of toppling familiar foes Leicester Tigers and Benetton Treviso, as well as new opponents Montpellier, as they bid to reach the Heineken Cup quarter-finals for the fourth year running.
The four Irish provinces have learned today who they will be facing into the pool stages of next season's Heineken Cup. Former Ireland international Shane Horgan hosted the 2013/14 tournament draw which took place at the Aviva Stadium.
Friends of Johnny O'Connor are putting on a special retirement celebration for the former Connacht and Ireland flanker in Galway on Friday, June 7, with money raised from a raffle on the night going to the IRFU Charitable Trust.
Ulster players Roger Wilson, Luke Marshall and Paddy Wallace joined last year's winner of the Centra Ulster Rugby Summer Camp 'Design a Mascot' competition - Adam Whiteside (10) from Sullivan Upper Prep School - and Jenni Barkley from Centra to launch the 2013 competition.
It has been confirmed today that Bank of Ireland has agreed to become the main sponsor of Munster Rugby from July 2013. The sponsorship includes exclusive branding of all playing and training kit for the Munster senior and 'A' squads.
After 22 rounds and two play-off games, the 2012/13 RaboDirect PRO12 season wraps up on Saturday with the final at the RDS appropriately between respective first and second seeds and provincial rivals, Ulster and Leinster.
Previewing Saturday's RaboDirect PRO12 final against Leinster with Cóilín Duffy, Ulster winger Andrew Trimble said: "We really motivated for this game. People are talking about us being the best Ulster side in a few years, we had that record of 13 wins in a row at the start of the year. We want to win trophies, and there's no point having those records unless we back them up."
The Leinster squad trained in UCD today ahead of Saturday's RaboDirect PRO12 final against Ulster at the RDS (kick-off 4.45pm), with several injury concerns for the management to contend with arising from the Amlin Challenge Cup final victory.