Ulster fell to Wasps yesterday in a season-defining game, as they aimed to qualify for the European Champions Cup quarter-finals. They are now left with only the PRO14, as they strive to finish a tumultuous season on a high.
The situation surrounding Paddy Jackson meant that Les Kiss and Co. had to look elsewhere for a starting out-half. With the departure of Christian Lealiifano, the northern province now need a new playmaker.
While they were heavily linked with former All Black Steven McDonald, this move is now dead in the water after the Kiwi sustained an injury.
Today, the northern province released a statement, suggesting it will now be “very difficult to find a suitable replacement”.
Unfortunately, Ulster Rugby is not in a position to proceed with the signing of Stephen Donald, after receiving a medical report on the player yesterday (Sunday).
Stephen had agreed a short-term deal to join the Province, but he sustained an injury while representing his club in the final game of the Japanese season, which will rule him out for 4+ weeks.
The timeline now makes it very difficult to find a suitable replacement, but we will continue to monitor the market.
They now much prioritise the recruitment of a new 10 in the coming weeks, if they are to push on in the PRO14.