Declan Fitzpatrick has been forced to retire from rugby on medical grounds at the age of 31.
Tommy Bowe bagged a brace as Ulster led from start to finish in a 27-20 bonus-point win over Connacht.
Rory Best, Tommy Bowe and Jared Payne return to the Ulster team to face Connacht in Saturday’s Guinness PRO12 derby.
Ulster have announced the signings of London Welsh players Peter Browne and Paul Rowley.
Ulster’s Nick Williams has been banned for eight weeks after being cited for striking Cardiff Blues back Rhys Patchell
Ulster have confirmed New Zealand utility back Charles Piutau will join from Auckland Blues in July 2016.
Ulster and Ireland centre Stuart Olding has been ruled out of the World Cup after suffering a knee injury which will keep him out of action for nine months.
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