France great Thierry Dusautoir will make the final appearance of his glittering career against Ulster at Kingspan Stadium, as he is one of three Toulouse players selected by Barbarians head coach Vern Cotter for the unique fixture on Thursday 1st June.
Back row forward Clive Ross, lock Alan O'Connor, and scrum-half Dave Shanahan have all signed contract extensions that will keep them at Ulster Rugby until the summer of 2019, while hooker John Andrew has agreed terms to stay with the Province until 2020.
Ulster came agonisingly close to a famous victory this afternoon at Thomond Park, eventually going down by two points in a game they had led at four separate stages thanks to tries from Rory Best and Luke Marshall, and 10 points from Paddy Jackson's boot.
Tonight at Kingspan Stadium Ulster's run of six straight Guinness PRO12 wins came to an end in a hard-fought draw with a combative Cardiff Blues side, leaving Les Kiss's side with plenty to do in the final three rounds to secure a top four slot.
With Ulster aiming to reach the Guinness PRO12 knock-out stages for a consecutive year, Andrew Trimble admits the squad is under pressure to deliver results in the final two rounds of the regular season.