The Connacht Academy has been finalised for the 2013/14 season, with Ireland Under-19 captain Sean O'Brien and David Panter, who is currently away with the Ireland Under-20 squad at the IRB Junior World Championship, joining the ranks.
The Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
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.