Stephen Ferris Calls Out Ulster On Twitter Over Lions Omission

Feisty.

The British and Irish Lions revealed last month that they would be  recognising the contribution of all past Lions by awarding ceremonial caps for the first time.

As members of the ‘1888 Club’, 419 living and the next of kin of 416 deceased Lions will receive a one-off, hand-stitched cap that bears the unique playing number awarded only to players who have played competitively in the iconic jersey.

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In the last few days those caps have begun to arrive, with former Ireland and Ulster back-row Stephen Ferris among those to receive his. Ferris toured with the Lions to South Africa back in 2009.

But he took offence to Ulster not recognising his achievement when they sent out a post congratulating some of their former players for receiving their cap, but not him.

“Standard Ulster Rugby sweeping me under the rug, just like a lot of other things this season….” Ferris said

I also received my Lions official cap yesterday #768”

Ulster responded by stating a number of current and former Ulster players also received caps, and that they just used the two images they had come across on Twitter.

We used two images that we came across on Twitter, Stevie. There are many more current and former Ulster players who we did not mention but sorry if you were offended.

Whether or not Ulster should have made more of an effort to recognised their players or not is a matter of opinion. But what’s interesting in Ferris’ relationship with Ulster is clearly not what it used to be, after the former back-row called them out on their failings on a number of occasions this season during his role as a pundit.