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Ulster Rugby: John Afoa set to leave side at end of season

Tighthead prop John Afoa is to leave Ulster at the end of this season after signing a long-term deal with an Aviva Premiership club.

The 30-year-old - who joined the side just over two years ago from the Auckland Blues - made his debut against Connacht in the RaboDirect PRO12 in November 2011.

He's gone on to make 48 appearances for Ulster so far.

Afoa said he would reflect on his time at Ravenhill "with a lot of pride" when he retires in the future.

"It is good to have my long term future sorted out, however I still have a lot of rugby to play with Ulster," he said.

"I have six months remaining on my contract with the Province and I am focused on helping the guys win something this season."

David Humphreys, Ulster's director of rugby said John Afoa had made a "fantastic contribution to Ulster Rugby in the two years that he has been here".

“He has been excellent for us on the pitch but has also been great for us off it, working along with Allen Clarke to develop the next generation of props for Ulster and Ireland," he said.

"I know that with his wife and children in New Zealand, it has been a challenge for John to balance the needs of rugby and family, but he has handled that situation with the utmost professionalism."

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