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Dan Tuohy extends deal and pledges trophy success

By Jonathan Bradley

Dan Tuohy has vowed to win silverware with Ulster after agreeing a three-year contract extension that will keep him at Kingspan Stadium until at least the summer of 2018.

Ulster continue their bid for PRO12 success against Treviso in Italy on Sunday with Neil Doak's men in fifth place, a point outside the play-off spots.

"Having the chance to be part of a trophy-winning Ulster team was a huge part of my decision to stay and I will be giving my all to help Ulster be successful in the next three seasons," said Tuohy.

"I have been here almost six years now and although Ulster Rugby has evolved a huge amount in that time we are yet to win anything."

Bryn Cunningham, Ulster Rugby's Team Manager, added: "Dan is hugely important to us and has developed into a highly effective leader both on and off the pitch.

"He has proven at both international and provincial level that he is an outstanding player in his position.

"His effectiveness as a powerful ball carrier to break the gainline at important times in matches is crucial in the modern game.

"I am extremely pleased he has committed to Ulster in the long term, showing the belief our frontline players have in the future of Ulster Rugby.

"I have no doubt that he will continue to make a huge contribution to our success in the next three seasons."

Tuohy signed for Ulster from Exeter Chiefs in the summer of 2009 and has made 118 appearances for the province so far.

The 29-year-old made a try-scoring debut for Ireland against the All Blacks in 2010.

He has won nine caps in total and made two appearances in last season's RBS 6 Nations Championship win before injury cut his campaign short.

Tuohy has also represented Ireland at U21 level and has four caps for Ireland 'A'.

Meanwhile, there is just one change to the Connacht team that defeated visitors Munster 24-16 last week for tonight's clash with Edinburgh - led by former Ulster coach Alan Solomons - at the Sportsground.

Miah Nikora comes in at outhalf, replacing Craig Ronaldson who is sidelined with concussion.

The 29-year-old New Zealander, who came on in the second half last week, will form the half back pairing with Ireland international and this season's top try scorer Kieran Marmion.

Head Coach Pat Lam said: "Edinburgh are a very powerful and direct team. We don't believe it's a case of 'backing up' the Munster win, but rather of being even better again."

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