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Jared Payne to stay with Ulster until 2018

Updated: Thursday, 18 Feb 2016 15:24 | Comments

Jared Payne in action for Ulster
Jared Payne in action for Ulster

Ireland centre Jared Payne has signed a two-year IRFU contract, which will keep him with Ulster until 2018.

New-Zealand born Payne made his debut for Ulster against the Cardiff Blues in September 2011 and has represented the province 63 times, scoring 14 tries.

The 30-year-old won his first international cap in the win over South Africa in November 2014 and has claimed 12 caps and two tries to date.

He featured in every game of Ireland's victorious 2015 Six Nations campaign and after recovering from a broken foot that curtailed his World Cup campaign has retained his place in Joe Schmidt's side for this year's championship.

Payne said: "I am very happy to have signed a two-year Irish contract to remain with Ulster Rugby. It has been an honour for me to not only pull on the Ulster jersey but to represent Ireland. There is plenty for us to achieve at Ulster and with Ireland.”

Ulster's Director of Rugby Les Kiss welcomed the news, saying: "Jared is an incredibly astute and intelligent rugby player. He adds experience and calm to any backline and will continue to be an important player for Ulster for years to come.”

IRFU performance director David Nucifora added: "Jared has illustrated his ability to compete at the highest level and be an important leader and decision maker for both Ireland and Ulster. We are delighted to have secured his services for a further two years.”

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