Formed in 1879, Ulster are one of four Irish provincial teams that play in the Pro12 League and have also qualified for the first European Rugby Champions Cup. The team is formed from the geographical province of Ulster that includes six counties in Northern Ireland and three in the Republic.
Playing at Kingspan Stadium with an 18,000 capacity, Ulster have competed in the Guinness Pro12 from its inception as the Celtic League in 2001. League winners in 2006 and runners up in 04 and 13, they also won the Heineken Cup in 1999 and were runners up to Irish rivals Leinster in 2012.
With a current squad including Ruan Pienaar, Tommy Bowe, Rory Best and Andrew Trimble, Ulster are well positioned to challenge in all competitions in season 2014/15. The most capped Ulster player, Paddy Wallace, retired in 2014 after 13 years at the club.