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Ulster forwards pen contract extensions

By Jonathan Bradley

Ulster took advantage of their Guinness Pro12 break to tie down Andy Warwick and Pete Browne to new deals. Prop Warwick, who has played both sides of the scrum this season, is a product of the Ulster Academy having caught the eye at his local club Ballymena in the All-Ireland League.

He will now stay with his home province until at least 2020.

"I've grown up supporting Ulster and have come through the player development pathway alongside a number of my close friends," said the 25-year-old who made his 50th appearance this season. "It's a privilege to play for this team and I'm looking forward to the challenges that the next few years will bring."

Browne's deal will run one less year, running out in 2019, with the forward having become an increasingly useful part of Ulster's squad.

After a slow start when arriving from London Welsh, the 29-year-old has been relied upon heavily throughout 2016, making 18 appearances at lock and, most recently, flanker during the calender year.

"I'm delighted to be extending my stay in Belfast," he said.

"I've been made to feel so welcome by everyone within Ulster Rugby and by the wider community as well. I feel there is a lot more to come from this group of players and I'm hugely excited by the prospect of us moving our performances to the next level."

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