Matty Rea and Stewart Moore have both agreed new deals with Ulster as Dan McFarland’s rebuilding programme at the province gathers pace.
Rea, who has been a mainstay of Ulster’s back row this season, has signed a two-year extension to his current deal which will keep him at Kingspan until at least June 2022.
A product of the Ulster Academy, Rea signed his first professional contract in 2017.
He has made 14 appearances for the province this season as Ulster have produced some thrilling rugby in both the PRO14 and Champions Cup.
They are on course for a place in the PRO14 play-offs, currently second in Conference A, 12 points clear of third-placed Glasgow Warriors. They have also made the quarter-finals of the Champions Cup, but face a tough tie away to four-time winners Toulouse at the beginning of April.
Meanwhile, Moore has agreed a three-year deal which will see him move from Academy to Development for a year before becoming a fully-fledged member of the senior ranks.
A versatile centre who can play at 12 or 13, he made his senior debut in December against Leinster at the RDS.
“Matty and Stewart have both done well developing as players through the Ulster Academy and sub-Academy to the professional team, and it’s fantastic to see more players from our pathway starting to come through to the senior ranks,” head coach Dan McFarland said.
“Matty has been a dynamic carrier for us this year, pushing all aspects of his game forward, and deservedly earning more game time. Stewart is at the start of his career and will no doubt benefit as he learns from the talented backs and coaching available to him.
“Both are set to make a real impact for Ulster in the months and years ahead – and I am delighted that they have chosen to remain with us at what is set to be an important time in both of their rugby careers.”
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