Jacob Stockdale has signed a three-year central contract that will keep him at Ulster at least until the end of the 2022/23 season.

Stockdale becomes the second Irish international in as many days to sign a new deal, with James Ryan yesterday committing to Leinster for three years also.

Stockdale made a try-scoring international debut against the USA three years ago and enjoyed a stellar 2017/18 season, notching 10 tries for Ireland in a Grand Slam campaign for Ireland, which resulted in him being named Player of the Championship

To date he has scored 16 tries in his 26 Test match appearances for Ireland.

The 23-year-old made his Ulster debut against Benetton in January 2016 and has gone on to make 63 appearances, scoring 27 tries.

"I am delighted to have signed an IRFU contract," he said.

"I am involved with two ambitious squads and I know I will continue to develop as a player in both environments."

David Nucifora, IRFU Performance Director, sees more potential in Stockdale: "Jacob has continued to grow as a player after bursting onto the scheme in his debut Six Nations season. 

"He has performed at a consistently high level for both Ireland and Ulster and has huge potential to develop further on the international stage."