Former All Blacks scrum-half Alby Mathewson has signed a one-year contract with Ulster.

The deal will see the 34-year-old New Zealander join the province in July.

The five-time All Blacks cap previously played for Munster during the 2018-19 season, having joined on an initial short-term contract, before departing last November, having extended his stay until after the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

Ulster head coach McFarland welcomed Mathewson's arrival, highlighting the experience the former Toulon, Blues and Hurricanes player is expected to provide.

"We are delighted that a player of Alby's quality is set to join the squad," said McFarland.

"His leadership skills and extensive experience will be a valuable addition to our squad – especially for our younger scrum halves as they progress in their development journeys in the months ahead.

"We look forward to giving him a warm welcome as he makes Ulster his new team."