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Ulster announce signing of towering French-based Limerick lock

Frank Bradshaw Ryan will join the northern province this summer on a one-year deal.

ULSTER HAVE ANNOUNCED the signing of France-based Limerick-born lock Frank Bradshaw Ryan.

The 26-year-old will join the northern province this summer on a one-year deal, making the move from French Pro D2 side,ย USON Nevers.

Standing at โ€œover 2m tall,โ€ as per the signing announcement and โ€œ6โ€™9, 120kg,โ€ as quoted in reports, Bradshaw Ryan will to bolster the provinceโ€™s second row.

โ€œKnown for his lineout skills and ability to carry, the Munster sub-Academy graduate and former Ireland U19s player will also bring the leadership skills he has honed over the last six years in France,โ€ Ulsterโ€™s post added.

The ex-underage international is pleased with the switch, and excited to get stuck in.

frank-bradshaw-ryan James Crombie / INPHO In action for Munster A in 2015. James Crombie / INPHO / INPHO

โ€œIโ€™m absolutely delighted to have signed for Ulster,โ€ Bradshaw Ryan said. โ€œIt is a top club, based in a fantastic city. I love watching Ulster play at the moment, and they are playing a great brand of rugby โ€“ and itโ€™s a style of rugby that I really enjoy playing.

โ€œI can see with some of Ulsterโ€™s recent signings, together with the top young players coming through, that they are intent on achieving big things. After spending six seasons in France, I canโ€™t wait to get over and get started as, with the set-up and coaches that Ulster have, I feel itโ€™s a great place for me to keep learning and improving as a player.โ€

โ€œFrank has worked hard in France over the last number of years to develop his game and will offer us something different at lock,โ€ย Head Coach Dan McFarland added.

โ€œWe look forward to welcoming him this summer and seeing what he can deliver both on and off the field for Ulster.โ€


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