Isaac Boss expects his old Ulster team-mates to "bring it" when they square off against Leinster in the Heineken Cup final in Twickenham next week.
The scrum-half spent five years in Ravenhill before moving south to Leinster in 2010 and has been impressed with their progress under Brian McLaughlin.
"I'm good mates with a few of them," said Boss. "They have come a long way, they had a tough pool and to make it all the way to the final is a good effort. We'll keep in touch over the next week and I'm sure there'll be a bit of banter.
"I saw the emotion on the faces of the Ulster boys after the (semi-final) match against Edinburgh, so we know they are definitely going to bring it to us."
Meanwhile, Mike McCarthy's prospects of making the Ireland squad for the summer tour to New Zealand next month suffered a blow when the Connacht second-row was cited for allegedly 'making contact with the eye or eye area' of a Glasgow opponent last Saturday.
With Paul O'Connell likely to be ruled out of the tour with a knee injury, McCarthy was pushing hard for a place on the plane to New Zealand -- he was in Carton House for the Ireland squad meeting last week.