18 May, 11:09
IRFU Chief Executive Philip Browne has issued a statement following confirmation of Ronan O'Gara's decision to retire from playing professional rugby.
It is anticipated that the Belfast man will need to undergo a period of rehabilitation lasting between six and nine months.
On a more positive note, Ulster lock Matt McCullough returned to pitch-work this week with the province's conditioning staff following foot surgery earlier this summer. Ireland international McCullough will be re-introduced to rugby in the next few weeks with a view to being available for the start of the new season next month.