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SOCIAL BOOKMARKS

Three Ulster prospects commit future to the province

Three young Ulster players have committed their futures to the province.

Loosehead Eric O'Sullivan, versatile back Michael Lowry and 20-year old centre James Hume have all signed their first senior contracts at Kingspan Stadium.

O'Sullivan has featured in all but two of Ulster's competitive games so far this term.

Lowry only made his senior debut at the end of September, before being thrust into a Champions Cup starting place a fortnight later.

Hume has made nine appearances for the senior side so far this season, most recently in last Friday's Pro14 victory over Ospreys in Bridgend.

Head coach Dan McFarland said: “This season has been exciting for the province to see so many Academy players step up and perform so well.

“Eric, Michael and James are great examples of players who have seized their opportunities due to their hard work and as a result they have produced outstanding performances at PRO14 and Champions Cup level. All three are fully deserving of senior contracts.

“Kieran Campbell and his Academy staff deserve a lot of credit for their work in identifying and nurturing talent in our local clubs and schools, enabling them to transition smoothly into the senior squad.

“We will continue to work hard to build our strength in depth and the development of local young players is central to our future.”