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Robert Lyttle signs new three-year contract extension with Ulster Rugby


Ulster's Rob Lyttle

Ulster's Rob Lyttle

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Ulster's Rob Lyttle

Ulster winger Robert Lyttle has signed a new three-year deal with the province to keep him at Kingspan Stadium until 2023.

The 22-year-old has been integral to the squad's efforts this season, starting four of their opening six games in the Guinness PRO14 and scoring one try.

Lyttle has been dynamite with ball in hand, ranking third in the team with 6.81m per carry, with five clean breaks and nine defenders beaten.

A product of the Abbey Insurance Academy, the former RBAI stand-out has made 27 appearances for Ulster since making his debut in September 2016, scoring 11 tries.

His time with the province has been hindered by injuries, however when he has been on the field he has been electric.

"It is great news for the club and our supporters that Rob has become the latest young talent to commit his future to Ulster," said head coach Dan McFarland.

"Rob is another great example of a home-grown player who has been developed through the club and schools’ system in Ulster, before refining his game through our performance pathway and going on to represent the club with distinction at professional level.

"The back three is an area where we have a good mix of seasoned experience and exciting young prospects, so I’m looking forward to watching Rob continue to develop his game and also drive the standards of those around him in challenging for places."

Lyttle commented on his new deal: "I have grown up supporting Ulster, and I have relished the opportunity to represent my home province, so it was an easy decision for me to commit my future here.

"I believe Ulster are building something special and I’m really excited about playing a part in the club’s future."

Ulster have been given a double injury boost as well with Will Addison and Louis Ludik both available for Saturday's Heineken Champions Cup opener with Bath.

Belfast Telegraph