Rory Best is hoping to return to action with Ulster before the end of the season, after suffering an ankle injury in Saturday’s Champions Cup defeat against Leinster.

Best left the Aviva Stadium on crutches on Saturday after he was replaced by Rob Herring, but he’s upbeat about the nature of the injury.

Initial tests revealed that there was only minor ligament damage and he’s targeting a return to action with his province before the summer break.

Speaking to RTÉ Sport at his unveiling as the Specsavers 2019/2020 Audiology Ambassador, the Irish captain said: "I’ve got a scan on Monday morning and, yeah look, I think in terms of the nature of the injury and how it happened with everything around it, it’s probably as good a result as I could have hoped for.

"There’s no structural damage, just a little bit of a wrenching in the ligaments.

"They’ve given this magical figure of in and around six weeks but they’re not really 100% sure because a lot of it will depend on when I come out of the boot, how I weight-bear, how I run, how the swelling comes out quickly.

"I still hope that there’ll be rugby left for me this season with Ulster."

There was more good news for Ulster supporters today with the announcement that Jack McGrath will be joining the Northern province from Leinster next season.  

The 29-year-old made his debut for Leinster in 2010 and has made over 140 appearances for the province, but will make the move to Ulster in an attempt to secure more playing time.

Best welcomed the news of McGrath’s switch and he believes that having such a vastly experienced player will only strengthen Ulster.

"I think if you can sign top class players you’re going the right place," he said. "For us to sign a British and Irish Lion, an Irish international and a really top class bloke, I think is very exciting for Ulster.

"I think it’s exciting with the calibre of player he is, but also with the likes of Eric O’Sullivan and Andy Warwick in there, to have somebody with Jack’s experience and Jack’s ability to learn off. Those guys just want to learn, they want to be better.

"Having Jack there will be brilliant, not just for us as a club and as a team but as a squad to have somebody with his capabilities to mentor players and bring people though."