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Who is Sam Carter? All you need to know about Ulster Rugby's latest signing

The Brumbies' Sam Carter has joined Ulster.
The Brumbies' Sam Carter has joined Ulster.
Gareth Hanna

By Gareth Hanna

Ulster have confirmed their first new signing for next season.

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Australian lock Sam Carter will arrive at Kingspan Stadium this summer in a move that is expected to be followed by the signing of New Zealand back Matt Faddes.

So what do we know about the first confirmed signing?

Who is Sam Carter?

Age: 29

Position: Lock

Height: 6 ft 6 in

Current club: Brumbies. Carter will leave the Super Rugby club for the first time in his professional career when he joins Ulster in the summer. He made his debut back in 2011 and made his 100th appearance in 2018. He became the 12th player to reach the landmark for the Brumbies and it was celebrated as his dad got to present him with his match jersey in the changing rooms. More about his famous father later.

International history: He has made 16 Test appearances for Australia since his debut in 2014. He hasn't played for the Wallabies since June 2017 but in November reiterated his desire to get back into the international panel.

Leader: Ulster are, of course, enjoying the process of blooding lots of promising young talent this season and they're bringing in another seasoned professional with experience of taking a leading role within the dressing room. He was named co-captain of the Brumbies alongside Christian Leali'ifano, who is a much-loved player amongst Ulster Rugby fans.

Injury record? His quotes from November, confirming that he has 'played a lot of minutes' in recent years, are good news. He was sidelined briefly last April with a serious concussion but and had a back problem in June but spent three months preparing for the current season and said that his body 'is feeling fit and ready to go'.

Positive signs: Carter is, according to the Brumbies website, 'he embodiment of the ethos of the spirit' of the club, along with Leali'ifano. If his character is anything like his affable fellow captain, he shouldn't take long to find his way into the hearts of the Ulster support, just as Leali'ifano did during his short stay last season.

SOD: That's his nickname, but not used in the traditionally disparaging Northern Irish sense of the word (such as 'he's a tight sod, him'). SOD stands for Son of David, given that his father is David Carter, the former Australian international.

Welcome to Ulster, Sam.

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