South African loose forward Robbie Diack is one of the Ulster players enjoying a new lease of life under coach Mark Anscombe.
Diack has had a good preseason starting all three warm-up games and should start at blindside flanker against Glasgow in Friday nights Pro12 opener at Ravenhill.
“Mark has come in here and has said everyone is playing of the same level and he has given everyone a fair chance,” stated Diack.
“It has been a long, hard and tough preseason so I think everyone is relieved the league is starting and we can get stuck into the business end of why we all play professional rugby.
“I have had a lot of opportunities in this summer, it’s been fantastic for me just to get my confidence up and just to prove to myself that I’m capable.
“It has be a huge momentum gainer for me and hopefully it continues going forward.
“There is a huge amount of competition in the back row with Nick (Williams) and Roger (Wilson) coming in, the limit for error is so small at the minute and everyone has got to be on top of their game.
“Personally I don’t think last year was one of my greatest seasons as I didn’t play a lot of rugby. I’d like to start the season of with a bang and put my name up there and show people what I’m capable off.
“I’m happy to play anywhere on this team because there is such a huge amount of depth I just want to be involved.
“I think there has been a lot of confidence taken from the preseason games and we want to build on that.”