Ulster fell at the penultimate hurdle in the GUINNESS PRO12 play-offs for the second year in a row, losing tonight's semi-final by two points to Glasgow Warriors who qualify for their second consecutive final.
Ulster's three previous GUINNESS PRO12 visits to Scotstoun Stadium have all ended in defeat, but with a reinforced starting line-up the province looked well placed to gain revenge on Glasgow Warriors in Friday's semi-final showdown.
Ulster head coach Neil Doak has made 11 changes to the side that lost to Glasgow Warriors last weekend for Friday night's GUINNESS PRO12 semi-final against the same opposition at Scotstoun Stadium (kick-off 7.45pm).
Ulster hooker Rob Herring appeared today before an independent PRO12 Rugby disciplinary committee, having been cited by an independent citing commissioner for allegedly stamping on an opponent's head (Law 10.4(b)) in last Saturday's GUINNESS PRO12 match against Glasgow Warriors at Scotstoun Stadium.
One Ulsterman who has already picked up silverware this season. Craig Gilroy lifted the award for Try of the Season at last Sunday's GUINNESS PRO12 awards and now he has his eyes set on a bigger prize.
Ospreys scrum half Rhys Webb won the Players' Player of the Season award and his Edinburgh counterpart Sam Hidalgo-Clyne was selected as the Young Player of the Season at the GUINNESS PRO12 Awards evening in the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin tonight.
Ulster will return to Scotstoun Stadium next Friday night for an intriguing GUINNESS PRO12 play-off after they lost their last regular season game against Glasgow while Munster and the Ospreys both won.
Ulster centre Stuart McCloskey believes they 'can go anywhere and win', a theory which may well be tested in the GUINNESS PRO12 play-offs as they have opted to field a largely second string side against Glasgow Warriors in Saturday's final round.
Ulster forward Iain Henderson appeared today before an independent PRO12 Rugby disciplinary committee, following the red card he received for striking with the head in last Saturday's GUINNESS PRO12 match against Munster at Kingspan Stadium.
Three Ulster players, two from Munster and two from Connacht have been selected in this season's GUINNESS PRO12 Dream Team which was voted on by a media panel of 11 journalists from all four countries. The panel was chaired by Diageo's Rory Sheridan.
14-man Ulster saw out the regular GUINNESS PRO12 season unbeaten at home with a 23-23 draw against Munster at a sold-out Kingspan Stadium, keeping alive their hopes of hosting a play-off in two weeks' time.
The result of Saturday's eagerly-awaited interprovincial clash could prove crucial in deciding who has home advantage in the GUINNESS PRO12 play-offs. Will it be business as usual for Ulster in Belfast, or can Munster take a step closer to a top two finish?
Munster 'A' secured a series win over Ulster Ravens with a 41-27 victory in today's 'A' interprovincial clash at Naas RFC. The game saw former Canterbury player Tyler Bleyendaal play his first 60 minutes of rugby in a Munster jersey.
Man-of-the-match Iain Henderson and Paddy Jackson led the way as Ulster produced a performance full of grit, determination and no little flair to win a fiery interprovincial derby clash with Leinster at rain-hit Kingspan Stadium.
Ulster's second of three successive interprovincial derby matches could see them dethrone reigning GUINNESS PRO12 champions Leinster, with Matt O'Connor's men in a 'must win' scenario at Kingspan Stadium tonight.
Ulster head coach Neil Doak has named the same team that recorded a bonus point win over Connacht a fortnight ago for Friday's GUINNESS PRO12 derby match against Leinster at Kingspan Stadium (kick-off 7.35pm).
Last week, Rory Best was asked about Chris Henry's health in a question and answer session. With deadpan delivery and perfect comic timing, the Ulster captain simply said: It's great that he has got over his cholesterol problem." The room erupted in laughter.
Darren Cave knows a thing or two about Irish interprovincial matches. He has played in 34 of them for Ulster. Few of those games have had as much at stake as this Friday's GUINNESS PRO12 match against Leinster, with a PRO12 play-off spot the motivation for both sides.