Philip Morrow is the IRFU’s new Head of Fitness.
Morrow, who succeeds Dr Liam Hennessey, is a graduate of the University of Ulster where he gained a Masters in Sports and Exercise.
He began his career with the Ulster Rugby Academy in 2001 before being appointed National Academy Fitness Manager working with the Ireland Under-19 and Under-21 sides.
In October 2003 he took up the post of Head of Strength and Conditioning with Ulster.
In 2008 he was on the move again, becoming the IRFU’s High Performance Fitness Manager with responsibility for underage elite players.
He has also worked with GAA teams and the Manchester City Academy.
However there is less pleasing news for Ulster tighthead BJ Botha who is one of five players omitted from the Springboks’ squad ahead of Saturday's Tri-Nations Test against New Zealand.
The Boks’ Ulster-bound half-back, Ruan Pienaar, was already out through injury.
Meanwhile, the Northern Bank Ulster Schools' Development squad have won the Age Grade Tournament hosted by Saracens in St Albans.
In the group stage they met Academy sides representing Worcester, Saracens and Harlequins, beating all three to earn their place in the final against London Irish.
Ulster beat Worcester 10-7 in their first outing, with Rory Scholes scoring a try which was converted by Stuart Olding who also kicked a penalty.
Saracens were next up, with Ulster winning that one 5-0 courtesy of a Jaz Andress try.
In the final group game Ulster beat Harlequins 10-7 with Jack Cooke and Stuart Hooks the victors’ try-scorers.
In the final they produced excellent rugby against London Irish with Chris Farrell, James Harrison and John Creighton prominent in laying the foundations for an 8-0 win achieved thanks to a Glen Bailie try and a David Scott penalty.
Tomorrow evening at Clogher Valley RFC the Ulster Schools’ squad have a game against the Ulster Clubs’ Under 18s (6:00pm).