Ferris earns Ulster gong
IRELAND's Stephen Ferris was last night rewarded for his fine season by being crowned Ulster Rugby Personality of the Year.
The blindside flanker has been an inspirational presence for club and country this year, despite enduring knee problems that have dogged his recent career.
Craig Gilroy was named Ulster's Young Player of the Year, while scrum-half Paul Marshall was awarded the Most Improved Player gong and Chris Henry won the Player of the Year gong.
Former Springbok No 8 Pedrie Wannenburg, who is departing to French side Castres at the end of the season, collected the Ulster Rugby Supporters Club award for his contribution during his three-year stay in the province.
Meanwhile, Ulster's Scottish winger Simon Danielli has retired from rugby after failing to recover from a back injury. The international spent the last five years of his career at Ravenhill.
Scotland have suffered a huge blow to their chances of success on tour next month after losing three key players.
Second-row James Hamilton was suspended by the RFU after being involved in a mass punch-up during Gloucester's Premiership clash with London Irish, while David Denton and Lee Jones have been ruled out due to injury.
Jones suffered a fractured shoulder blade during Edinburgh's Heineken Cup semi-final defeat to Ulster, while back-row Denton suffered ankle ligament damage in last weekend's Pro12 clash with Treviso.