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INPHO/Billy Stickland Roger Wilson after playing Munster at Thomond Park in November.
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Happy returns: Roger Wilson to rejoin Ulster
‘I’m delighted to be coming back’ – Northampton number 8 will re-sign with the Irish province at the start of next season.

NORTHAMPTON NUMBER EIGHT Roger Wilson will rejoin Ulster next season.

Wilson, who moved to the Guinness Premiership side in 2008 after starting his career at Ravenhill, is looking forward to a return to Ireland.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time at Northampton and the club have been very good to me. Dorian West is an excellent forwards coach, Jim Mallinder’s knowledge of the game is outstanding and I’d like to think that I’ve learnt a lot from them over the last four years and I can add that experience to Ulster,” he said this morning.

“Northampton are a quality team and have an excellent set-up at the club but I suppose it was always in the back of my mind that I would like to finish my career at Ulster. I was born and raised there, learnt my rugby there and at the end of the day it is home. I’m delighted to be coming back.

“The last couple of seasons have shown that Ulster are a club that can compete and compete to win things, they’re now considered one of the top European teams and that they’re genuine contenders for silverware,” he added.

Ulster’s director of rugby, David Humphreys, welcomed the move.

“While the back row is already a competitive area, the addition of Roger to the squad will provide us with the depth we need to ensure we are competitive in both the RaboDirect PRO12 and the Heineken Cup,” the former Irish international said.

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“He displays all the physical attributes necessary for a top-class No 8 and is an incredibly consistent performer. He’s currently playing the best rugby of his career and we’re delighted that he has decided to return to Ulster next season and to commit his long term future to the club.”

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