Ulster’s Kingspan Stadium, formerly Ravenhill, has been selected to host the 2015 Guinness Pro12 final.

Ulster won the tender to host the showpiece after organisers choose to move away from giving home advantage to the highest placed finisher at the end of the season.

The final will take place on Saturday 30 May.

Announcing Belfast as the chosen host city, John Feehan, CEO of Pro12 Rugby said: “Belfast is an inspiring host city and the new Kingspan Stadium is a state-of-the-art venue for the Guinness Pro12 final.

“Given the development of the competition the time is right for a showcase event and we invited offers from all 12 clubs and their regions to host the final.

“The tender from 'Team Belfast' was outstanding and was unanimously agreed as the chosen venue. Belfast excelled itself as the host city for our Pro12 season launch in 2013 and their plans for the city in the lead up to and around the final are very exciting.

“Our competition is truly unique. Twelve clubs, four Unions, one trophy and we are delighted to be able to work with our partners to promote the variety of fantastic international destinations that the Guinness Pro12 has to offer.

“We look forward to working with all our partners in staging a festival of rugby where fans from all four of our countries will enjoy a memorable final and a great weekend in Belfast.”