All you need to know: Ulster v Connacht

01 May 2023

All you need to know: Ulster v Connacht

The play-offs are here and Connacht Rugby take on Ulster for a chance to make the last four of the United Rugby Championship. Andy Friend's team will travel to Belfast on Thursday where they take on their interpro rivals at Kingspan Stadium this Friday, kick-off at 7.35pm.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Friday’s game.

When’s the game?

Kick-off is 7.35pm on Friday 5th May.

What’s the state of play so far?

Connacht finished 7th in the regular season standings. A defeat to Glasgow Warriors in the final round was Connacht's first URC defeat since 1st January away to Leinster. All focus will be on Kingspan, but for supporters, keep an eye on Leinster vs. Sharks. A defeat for the Sharks would guarantee Connacht Champions Cup rugby for next season.

Ulster finished 2nd in the standings behind Leinster. It's five wins in their last six games including victory over Edinburgh at home the last day out .

How’s our recent record against them?

Our last five meetings in the URC against Cardiff.

  • Con 20-22 Uls
  • Uls 36-10 Con
  • Uls 32-12 Con
  • Con 36-11 Uls
  • Con 19-32 Uls

How will the two teams line up?

The Connacht management team will announce their squad on Thursday at midday when it will be named on and the Connacht Rugby social channels.

How do I get tickets?

Tickets available HERE

Is there travel from The Sportsground?

Supporters making their way to Kingspan Stadium can travel with Citylink buses. Head to

Departures on Friday at

  • Sportsground 1pm
  • Loughrea Plaza off the M6 1.30pm
  • Athlone Arcadia 2.30pm

Tickets cost just €25 per person. The buses are scheduled to arrive at Kingspan Stadium at 6.15pm for a 7.35pm kick-off, with the return trip leaving the ground at 10.15pm

What channel is it on?

TV viewing on TG4 and Viaplay while Galway Bay FM have live radio commentary.