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English giants the visitors in Ulster's first pre-season friendly

Ulster Rugby have announced the first of their pre-season friendlies.

English side Wasps will be the visitors to Kingspan Stadium on Thursday August 17 (kick-off 7.30pm) and could yet have the Aviva Premiership trophy in tow as they take on Exeter Chiefs in the final on Saturday.

The fixture will provide supporters with the opportunity to see Ulster's new signings such as John Cooney and Schalk van der Merwe in an Ulster jersey for the first time.

Wasps finished top of the league table and boast a star-studded squad that includes British & Irish Lions Elliott Daly and James Haskell, Premiership Player of the Year Jimmy Gopperth and Six Nations Player of the Year Joe Launchbury.

Coach Dai Young can also call on the likes of England players Danny Cipriani and Christian Wade, as well as overseas stars such as Willie Le Roux.

This fixture is included in Ulster's 2017/18 Season Ticket package. A second pre-season game, which will take place the following week away from home, will be announced in due course.

Tickets are priced as follows:

Grandstand Blocks 2-8 (central): £25

Grandstand Blocks 1 & 9: £20

East Terrace & West Terrace: £17

Memorial End Stand: £18 adult / £13 child

Memorial End Terrace: £14 adult / £9 child

Abbey Family Stand: £18 adult / £13 child / £50 Family of 4

Abbey Family Terrace: £14 adult/ £9 child / £36 Family of 4

Key on-sale dates:

General on-sale (online only): 10am on Monday 5th June

General on-sale (over counter and over phone): 10am on Wednesday 7th June

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