The Ulster U18 Girls 7s squad was named earlier this week. The girls were selected from a larger training squad and will play a series of development blitzes against the three other provinces over the course of the next three weekends. This weekend they travel to Portarlington RFC followed by two trips to Westmanstown.
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.
Tonight in south-east Wales Ulster were made to work hard for their sixth consecutive Guinness PRO12 victory, grinding out a 10-point win over a battling Newport Gwent Dragons side to keep their noses just in front of the Scarlets in fourth place.