• In the Ward Cup last night Connacht and Ulster shared the spoils.

    Castlebar Celtic's Jordan Loftus was on the score sheet for Connacht and the game finished out 1 apiece.


  • Ulster travel to Connacht tomorrow evening in pursuit of a fifth straight victory.

    Wing Henry Speight starts his last game for the province before returning to Australia in the New Year.

    Out-half Johnny McPhillips, wing Angus Kernohan, centre Darren Cave and flanker Nick Timoney come into the starting 15.

    Ulster defeated Munster last Friday night and head-coach Dan McFarland was pleased with their display in Belfast

    Connacht have made four changes in the pack from their last-gasp defeat at Leinster last time out.

    Hooker Shane Delahunt and prop Conor Carey come into the front-row, Quinn Roux starts at lock, with Sean O'Brien at blindside flanker.

    Stephen Fitzgerald, who signed on loan from Munster yesterday, is among the replacements.