'Jared Payne won't leave Ulster' says Mark Anscombe
Ulster will strongly resist any attempts to lure their imminently Irish-qualified utility back Jared Payne away from Ravenhill.
There have been indications that the IRFU would be willing to allow Leinster to recruit the Kiwi-born player south of the border as they begin to plan for Brian O'Driscoll's retirement.
Leinster coach Matt O'Connor has indicated that it will be difficult to recruit a player from beyond these shores due to a stagnant transfer market ahead of next year's World Cup.
However, Ulster are determined not to lose their player and coach Mark Anscombe reiterated those claims yesterday ahead of the two sides' Pro12 meeting as the revamped Ravenhill is officially opened this Friday.
"I don't know where that's come from," said Anscombe. "He has re-signed and he has another two years with us. He won't be going anywhere."
The IRFU, however, said earlier this season that "all provincial player contracts are central IRFU contracts and every contracted player is an employee of, and paid directly by, the IRFU."
Meanwhile, Leinster back Fergus McFadden has been ruled out of Friday's game despite making great strides over the last week in his recovery from a knee injury suffered in Toulon.
Luke Fitzgerald and Eoin Reddan trained but a decision on their inclusion will not be made until later in the week.