Representing six counties in Northern Ireland and three in the Republic of Ireland, Ulster is one of four professional clubs situated in the Emerald Isles. Based at Ravenhill, a 12,300 seat stadium in Belfast, Ulster turned professional along with the three other Irish provincial sides in 1995, and competes in both the RaboDirect Pro12 and the Heineken Cup competitions.
Since their inception the side has played in a kit which is predominantly white with red and black highlights. The crest on their shirts has strong ties with the flag of the Ulster province, with the â€˜Red Hand of Ulsterâ€™ appearing on their emblem.
Having won the Northern Hemisphereâ€™s premier competition once in the â€™98-99 season Ulster look to be getting back to their best, having finished runners-up in the same competition in 2012. Their current squad boasts some highly accomplished players, including Irish hooker Rory Best, former All Black prop John Afoa, South African halfback Ruan Pienaar and home-grown international Tommy Bowe.