Q Sports Desk
Former Ireland hooker, Allen Clarke, has been confirmed as Ulster's new forwards coach for the 2014/15 season.
Clarke has been successful as both a player and a coach.
He won eight international caps and was a key member of the Ulster team that won the European Cup in 1999.
Following his retirement from playing due to injury he moved into coaching and established the Ulster Rugby Academy.
Dundee United have handed extended contracts to Paul Paton and Aidan Connolly and signed another midfielder, Scott Lochhead, after the 17-year-old's release by Celtic.
27 year old Paton, has signed a new deal until summer 2017, while 18-year-old Connolly's deal will last until 2016.
Paisley-born Paton has been capped once by Northern Ireland.
In rugby Ulster will open their first European Champions Cup campaign with a trip to Leicester on Saturday 18 October.
Ulster will then host holders Toulon on 25 October before back to back to games against the Scarlets in December.
Precise dates and times have only been arranged for the opening two rounds in the new European competition.
Bruce Anstey will be in pole position in the Superbike races at this Saturday's Ulster Grand Prix after setting the fastest time in practice at Dundrod.
The New Zealander went round at 133.16 mph with Guy Martin second, William Dunlop third and Michael Dunlop fourth.
Englishman Danny Webb suffered fractures in a crash at Windmill in Supersport practice and was taken to hospital for assessment.