Ireland coach Joe Schmidt denies suggestions that he has influenced team selection in the Irish provinces.
Ulster and Ireland pair Andrew Trimble and Luke Marshall face lengthy spells on the sidelines because of injury.
Leicester run in three first-half tries and then survive an Ulster fightback to win their European Rugby Champions Cup opener.
Winger Andrew Trimble misses Ulster's European Champions Cup opener against Leicester Tigers because of a toe injury.
New Ulster signing Ronald Raaymakers arrives in province but is unable to make his debut for several weeks due to injury.
Ulster's Alan O'Connor is suspended for three weeks for a dangerous tackle he made in the Pro12 win over Glasgow.
Ulster move to within a point of Pro12 leaders Glasgow by beating the previously unbeaten Scottish side convincingly in Belfast.
Neil Doak is named Ulster head coach, while Les Kiss will become the province's director of rugby after the 2015 World Cup.
Ulster skipper Rory Best says the squad will be delighted if Neil Doak is appointed as the province's new head coach.
Ulster emerge with a bonus point as they score four tries in a convincing demolition of Edinburgh in the Pro12.
Andrew Trimble says Ulster have a lot to work on for Friday's Pro12 game against Edinburgh after the defeat by Zebre.
Ulster snap up former New Zealand Under-20 player Ronald Raaymakers on a short-term deal to provide second-row cover.
Ulster forward Dan Tuohy will be out of action for up to 12 weeks after sustaining a broken arm against Cardiff.
Tries from Dan Tuohy and Ian Humphreys earn Ulster a Pro12 win at Cardiff Blues.
Ruan Pienaar's prospects of playing in Ulster's opening European games next month look to have improved.
Ruan Pienaar looks certain to miss Ulster's opening two European games after suffering a knee injury on Springboks duty.
Ulster notch five tries as they earn a bonus-point win over a battling Zebre side in Friday's Pro12 game.
Les Kiss will leave his interim Director of Rugby post with Ulster next month and resume full-time duties in the Ireland set-up.
Ulster and Ireland lock Iain Henderson is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines because of a hip injury.
Andrew Trimble's late try and Ian Humphreys' conversion gives Ulster a draw against Scarlets, who led 32-18 at one stage.