Irish stars stay at Ulster

Thu, 09 Jan 2014 18:40
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Forwards Declan Fitzpatrick and Stephen Ferris have agreed new contracts with Ulster and the IRFU.

Forwards Declan Fitzpatrick and Stephen Ferris have agreed new contracts with Ulster and the Ireland Rugby Football Union (IRFU).

Fitzpatrick, who has been capped seven times for Ireland, has signed a new two-year Irish contract that will keep him at Ulster until at least 2016.

The tighthead prop made his debut for Ulster against Biarritz in 2006. He has played 83 times for Ulster, scoring two tries. His last international cap appearance was against the All Blacks in November.

Commenting on his new contract, Fitzpatrick said: "I am delighted to be staying at Ulster for a further two years.

"Both my family and I love living in Belfast so it is great to have our long-term future sorted out. I hope to make a significant contribution in the coming seasons and my aim next year is to nail down a starting place.”

Ulster Director of Rugby, David Humphreys, said: "Declan is a hugely important member of our squad and has proved at both provincial and international level that he is a top performer.

"His opportunities have been restricted in recent seasons due to injury, so it is great to see him fully fit and playing some of the best rugby of his career. I am pleased that he has committed to Ulster for a further two years.”

Ferris has signed a short-term extension to enable him to continue his rehabilitation from the injury that he sustained against Edinburgh in November 2012.

While the British and Irish Lions flank has made great progress, no date has yet been set for his return to play.

Humphreys said: "Stephen has shown remarkable drive and determination over the past year as he has worked to overcome the injury that has kept him out for so long.

"We are committed to helping him in every way possible and his new contract extension will mean that he will continue to have the best medical, physiotherapy and strength and conditioning teams around him to help his recovery.”

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