Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Kyriacou hooks up with Ulster for next two seasons

Ulster Rugby have signed hooker Andy Kyriacou from Saracens on a two year deal.

The Irish qualified 26-year-old will move to Ravenhill in the summer.

Previously he played for Sale and Leeds, spending the last five seasons at Saracens, though he enjoyed an impressive loan spell with Munster during the 2006-07 season.

Kyriacou has representative honours at U21 level, and was part of Engand's Grand Slam winning squad in the 2004 U21 Six Nations Championship.

"I've heard a lot of good things about Matt Williams, he's got a good young squad at Ulster that are looking to go places and it will be exciting to be a part of that," said Kryiacou.

"I thoroughly enjoyed the short period I had in the Magners League with Munster. It's a very competitive with rugby that's fast and tough and there are no weak teams in there."

Kyriacou will find himself competing with Ireland hooker Rory Best for a place in the Ulster XV, as well as the experienced Nigel Brady and indeed has hooked against the Ulster captain when both were playing for their national U21 sides;

"Obviously I'll have to work hard for a starting place in the squad with stiff competition from Rory and Nigel but I'm really looking forward to a fresh challenge and intend to compete for a place," he vowed.