Andrew Trimble ready for his Ulster screen test
Former Ulster and Ireland favourite Andrew Trimble will be fronting up the Guinness PRO14's TV coverage in Northern Ireland for the new season.
The league sold the UK broadcast rights for all 152 games to Premier Sports in a three-year deal, ending BBC NI's long association with live coverage of Ulster Rugby.
Trimble is looking forward to the new challenge having retired from playing last season.
"Now moving onto the next stage of my career, it's great that I can stay closely connected with rugby in Ulster and the Guinness PRO14 although from a different stage and perspective off the pitch," he said.
"Premier Sports has some really exciting ideas and I'm looking forward to getting involved."
His first assignment for Premier Sports is set to be Ulster's season opener against Scarlets in Kingspan Stadium three weeks from today.
Even at this early stage the hosts know they will be without injured Jacob Stockdale, Luke Marshall, Louis Ludik and David Busby for the game leaving them short of backline players.
Wallaby Henry Speight is set to arrive in Belfast next week though and could make a debut.