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Browne is ready to stand tall for Ulster

By Alex Lowe

Ulster Rugby's new signing Peter Browne says he can't wait to make a big impact on the Kingspan Stadium.

At 6ft 7ins, the former Harlequins, Newcastle Falcons and London Welsh ace is an imposing presence.

Browne, who can play either in the second row or the back row, said: "It is great to be here, I am really excited.

"It is an amazing opportunity and I am looking forward to getting stuck in.

"I arrived a few weeks ago but since then I have been sailing in the South of France with friends so it was a nice little break before pre-season.

"Belfast is really nice. I come from London so it's a lot different but in a good way. It is a lot greener, less traffic, the people are friendlier and it's really great to be here.

"The boys have been really welcoming so I am looking forward to getting to know them."

The 27-year-old is impressed with his new home, the Kingspan Stadium.

He said: "The stadium itself is incredible. It's state-of-the-art and at a different level to what I have experienced before.

"It's a place that puts the players first and gives them the opportunity to reach their potential which is one of the reason why I wanted to come here."

Meanwhile, Ireland now know that their competition to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023 will come from South Africa, France and Italy.

World Rugby confirmed yesterday that all four unions formally expressed their interest in holding the tournament before last month's deadline but the USA decided against lodging a bid.

If the IRFU are successful, games would be staged at Ulster's Kingspan Stadium while Casement Park was also intended as a potential venue before redevelopment plans hit a legal stumbling block.

South Africa last hosted in 1995, when they beat New Zealand in the final, while France were the most recent European hosts back in 2007. The 2015 edition of the tournament takes place in England.

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