Ulster has signed tighthead prop Bronson Ross from Coventry RFC on a one-year development contract.
Bronson Ross, who is 27, was born in Oamaru, New Zealand, but is Irish qualified as his mother is from Belfast.
He played for Dunedin in New Zealand and moved to Europe when he was 22.
He spent two seasons at Boroughmuir in Scotland before representing Spanish side Guernica for a year. He joined Coventry at the start of the 2012/13 season and played 26 times for the club in National League 1.
Commenting on signing for Ulster, Ross said: "I have always wanted to play top level rugby and so I am delighted to be joining one of the best rugby operations in Europe.
"My mother was originally from Belfast, I have a lot of family there, so it will be great to represent the province."