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Edinburgh are aiming to make it to the final for the first time, while Ulster lost to Leinster in the 2013 decider.
Here’s everything you need to know about the game:
Where and when is it?
The match takes at BT Murrayfield on Saturday, September 5.
Pro14 semi-final: Edinburgh v Ulster
Venue: Murrayfield, Edinburgh Date: Saturday, 5 September Kick-off: 19:35 BST
Coverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio Ulster, and the BBC Sport website
If Richard Cockerill wasn’t aware of the scale of the job he had taken on at Edinburgh, then a bizarre defeat by Benetton in his third match in charge made it abundantly clear.
After going 14-0 up at Myreside, his side contrived to lose 20-17 to become the Italian side’s first scalp outside of their homeland in 41 attempts.
Benetton finished with 13 men, and though Edinburgh were camped on their line for an age, they could not convert.
A clearly startled Cockerill accused his players of “chucking it around like it’s a Sunday afternoon game” and declared “the honeymoon is clearly over”.
The first building block was to rid Edinburgh of the culture of mediocrity. The narrative has always been that Scottish rugby was slow to embrace professionalism, and though Gregor Townsend and his team had transformed standards at Glasgow, their rivals along the M8 were behind the curve.
A month after that loss to Benetton, Magnus Bradbury hurt himself on a night out, which gave Cockerill a problem, but also an opportunity to reinforce his message publicly.
In stripping Bradbury of the captaincy, he told the media: “A lot of people have said to me that the Edinburgh environment is a little bit loose. I don’t want that to affect what happens on the field. People have to be accountable for what they do and take responsibility. Simple as that.”
Stories of Cockerill castigating players in training and analysis sessions – and telling Grant Gilchrist he didn’t think he was worthy of the hype – served to illustrate the uncompromising standards. “We train harder than the games,” prop Simon Berghan once said.
Former Scotland sevens captain Colin Gregor has followed the club over the past decade as a player and then analyst for BBC Scotland, and says the culture shock was exactly what was needed.
“You speak to players – they were crying out for someone to take control over what they were doing off the field,” he said.”It was pretty extreme at the beginning. Everyone had to wear exactly the right kit, there was no music in the gym until they won a game. But it set the tone, and that was the key thing.”It quickly became clear that players were subscribing to Cockerill’s methods, which helped him to title success at Leicester Tigers.
An indication of their improvement came against Glasgow in t