Published Tuesday, 27 August 2013
The giants of Celtic rugby are on a collision course with the Pro12 season getting underway in just 10 days, and all the heavyweights were at the Titanic centre to kick off proceedings.
The 22-round competition features teams from Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Italy and is now in its thirteenth year.
With over 500 tries scored last season, Ulster coach Mark Anscombe said it's easy to see why the tournament continues to go from strength to strength.
He said: "People like to come and watch us play if you are scoring tries and winning, that is the sort of rugby they enjoy playing and that is what we want to do.We scored the third most tries in the competition last year, we want to keep playing that way."
The favourites are once again Leinster, who will go into the tournament with new coach Matt O'Connor at the helm.
He said: "We need to put ourselves in a position to win - that is what the players want to do.
"They work incredibly hard to be there or thereabouts at the end of the season and this is the legacy of being in those good games at the end of the season everyone wants to play in."
Last year's beaten finalists Ulster kick off the season away to the Dragons on 6 September.
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