Ulster are looking like one of the most exciting sides in the Pro12 heading into the 2016/17 thanks to a backline stacked full of talent…

9.Ruan Pienaar

Pienaar remains the key man to getting the backline moving and controlling a game, the fact he can also step into fly half if necessary is a huge boost and allows more flexibility on the bench.

10.Paddy Jackson

Fly half Paddy Jackson has had a superb season for Ulster and is now stepping up for Ireland after helping guide Joe Schmidt’s side to an impressive first test victory over the Springboks.


11.Charles Piutau

Former All Black Piutau has been a sensation for Premiership side Wasps and now looks set to unleash his undoubted talents on the Pro12 either at full back, outside centre or on the wing.

12.Luke Marshall

With Payne moved to full back for Ireland’s most recent game, Marshall was given the chance to step in at centre and did not disappoint, expect plenty more from him over the next 12 months.

13.Stuart McCloskey

One of the rising stars of Irish rugby, it looks to be only a matter of time for he is donning the green shirt of Ireland on a regular basis, but for now he needs to continue his form for Ulster.

14.Tommy Bowe

Injuries have hampered Bowe over the last few years, but there is no doubting that when fully fit he still remains one of the most devastating wingers in the northern hemisphere.

15.Jared Payne

Although normally utilised at outside centre for Ireland, Payne proved how devastating he can be in his more natural position of full back having taken the game to the Springboks.


21.Paul Marshall

Marshall may not be the most exciting name on this list, however his experience is definitely no bad thing given the relatively young age of most of the players around him at Ulster.

22.Darren Cave

Centre Darren Cave is a natural attacking talent and will be pushing hard for a place in the starting lineup, but at the very least provides something a bit different off the bench.

23.Andrew Trimble

With 64 Ireland caps to his name, Trimble brings a wealth of experience to the side. He’s also still going strong and will have plenty more to offer Ulster during the 2016/17 season.