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Ulster have announced the signing of Matt Faddes from Super Rugby side Highlanders ahead of the 2019-20 season.
The 27-year-old, who can play across the backline, has scored 19 tries in 43 Super Rugby appearances, while he has represented New Zealand at 7s level.
The Otago man has history of scoring in Belfast when he was part of the Barbarians squad for the game against Fiji in 2016 and he is looking forward to moving to the Kingspan Stadium next season.
“Both Georgie and I are looking forward to the experience of living and working in a new environment and the challenge that will provide. It’s exciting to consider the next chapter of my rugby career. When I visited in 2016, I was struck by the family, community feel to the club," he told Ulster's official website.
Ulster Head Coach Dan McFarland added: “Matt is a quality player who will bring a lot of experience, skill and creativity to our backline. He’s quick and has shown throughout his career the ability to beat defenders with his footwork and acceleration. His versatility will also be very important for us, meaning he is able to play various positions alongside our talented young backs.
“Matt is excited about moving over to Ireland and with his undoubted ability and strong work ethic, I’m sure he’ll add a significant amount to our squad.”
Faddes is the latest signing for Ulster following the news that prop Jack McGrath, Australia second row Sam Carter and Irish-qualified prop Gareth Milasinovich will move to the province ahead of next season and McFarland is delighted with the work they have done to strengthen the squad.
“Jonny [Petrie], Bryn [Cunningham] and I feel that this year’s recruitment process has been very productive and it’s encouraging that we are able to continue to attract players of this calibre to Ulster,” added McFarland.
“The new arrivals will bolster our squad depth for next season and increase competition for places in key areas. This, coupled with the experience gained by so many of our young players this season, bodes well for us moving forward.”
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