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Louis Ludik has signed a three-year extension that will tie him to Ulster until the summer of 2020.
Ludik, who joined Ulster from French side Agen in 2014, signed a one-year extension earlier this year but he has now agreed a three-year extension to remain at the Kingspan Stadium for the next three-and-a-half years.
Currently sidelined with a fractured cheek bone, Ludik will qualify to play for Ireland next summer and is he delighted to have committed his future to the province.
"I'm thrilled to be extending my stay at Ulster. Myself and my family really enjoy Belfast and we feel very much at home here," Ludik said of his new deal.
"Everything about Ulster Rugby is first class; the stadium, the training facilities, the players and coaches, the medical care and the supporters.
"There is a brilliant vibe amongst the squad and everyone is working hard to try to achieve success this season. Once I return to fitness, I'm looking forward to contributing to the team this season and for the following three years.”
Commenting on the new deal, Ulster director of rugby Les Kiss said: "Keeping Louis on our roster is a major boost for us. He is an outstanding guy who gives 100% to the cause and adds so much value both on and off the pitch. He is a great influence on the squad and he also does some great work in the local community.
"His form at the start of this season has been absolutely brilliant and I'm looking forward to seeing him deliver for us over the next few years.”
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