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Reidy delighted with new deal while Bowe joins Baa-Baas


Ulster's in-form back-row Sean Reidy

Ulster's in-form back-row Sean Reidy

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Ulster's in-form back-row Sean Reidy

Ulster's in-form back-rower Sean Reidy has been rewarded for his performances with a three-year contract extension, keeping him at the Kingspan until summer 2020.

The Irish-qualified Kiwi - who made his Ireland debut in South Africa last summer - has started in eight of Ulster's nine games this season and is already the PRO12's top tackler with 104 hits registered according to the league's official stats.

The versatile 27-year-old, who joined Ulster from Counties Manukau in 2014, had already signed a two-year deal last February but his form this season - whether at flanker or No.8 - has resulted in this latest contract. "I'm really happy to be sticking around," said Reidy, who has played 40 times for the province.

"I'm going to try to keep developing my game under Les (Kiss) and the rest of the coaches."

Meanwhile, Tommy Bowe has been unveiled as the latest Ulster player to be drafted into the Barbarians squad to take on Fiji at the Kingspan Stadium tomorrow week (kick-off 7.35pm).

The Ireland and Lions star will be joining Ruan Pienaar and Dan Tuohy in wearing the club's colours as the Baa-Baas end their three-game tour in Belfast after taking on South Africa at Wembley this Saturday and then playing the Czech Republic in Prague.

Belfast Telegraph