Ulster have announced the dates for the province’s three pre-season friendly matches, which will see the players operating under new head coach Brian McLaughlin for the first time.
Ulster’s two home matches during pre-season will be against Guinness Premiership side, Newcastle Falcons, on Friday, August 21 (kick-off 7.30pm) and Italian Super 10 side, Viadana, on Wednesday, August 26 (kick-off 7.30pm).
An away friendly will be played against Worcester Warriors on Friday, August 28 (kick-off to be confirmed).
Tickets for the home friendlies at Ravenhill will go on sale in early August.
Match ticket discounts are available to Ulster Rugby Season Ticket holders.
Commenting on his initial hopes, new Ulster head coach Brian McLaughlin said: “The effort from the management and the players has been very impressive. We have all made a great positive start together, and are all gelling well, including our new players.
“I know we can move this on further, for the good of Ulster Rugby. I believe we’re all of one mind, and are all trying to go in the one direction.
“It is very important to me, Neil Doak and Jeremy Davidson, for Ulster to be successful.
“We’re Ulstermen through and through, and we want the best for our province, our supporters and our players.
“This matters to us, at a professional and at a personal level, so we’ll be doing our utmost to ensure that when the team runs out, they will be playing at a consistency high standard.”