7 Jun, 15:39
ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
"Both Ian and Brendan came through the game OK and Brendan lasted longer than we had anticipated," said a delighted Ulster coach Brian McLoughlin.
"Six wins on the trot in the Magners league is great and we are exactly where we want to be at the moment. Now we have to focus on nothing else other than the Heineken Cup and Northampton Saints.
"Saints had a little bit of a down time during the 6 Nations, but now they have their key guys back and they looked very good again against London Wasps last week. We know we will have to be at our very best against them.
"We want this to be an enjoyable week for the players because we haven't been in this position for 12 years. We want to go to Milton Keynes and give it a real blast.
"They put a lot of emphasis on their set piece and they use their scrum as a real weapon. We have got to go at them at the set-piece."
The re-match at hooker between Ireland's Rory Best and England's Dylan Hartley, who both met in Dublin in the last round of the 6 Nations, will be one of the key battles next Sunday - as will the contest between Botha and Tonga'uiha.
But the return to full fitness of the influential Humphreys, who went to a Heineken Cup final with Leicester Tigers in 2007, is another huge boost to Ulster's fortunes. He broke down the Scarlets defence to score a brilliant solo try in the first-half on Friday night and then popped up in the right place at the right time for the second, game-clinching score.
His return will also allow McLoughlin to keep Springbok ace Ruan Pienaar in his favoured position of scrum half next week.