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Ulster confirm new contracts for James Hume, Matty Rea and Tom O'Toole

The trio have all signed new two-year deals with the province.

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ULSTER HAVE CONFIRMED THAT James Hume, Matty Rea and Tom O’Toole have all signed new two-year deals with the province, keeping them at the Kingspan Stadium until the summer of 2024.

Centre Hume has been in superb form for the province this season, and is one game shy of reaching the 50-cap mark for Ulster. The 23-year-old also has one Ireland cap to his name, featuring in the July Test win over the USA.

Flanker Rea, 28, made his Ulster debut in 2017 and has represented Ulster 69 times.

Tighthead O’Toole, an Ulster Academy graduate, made his senior debut in 2018 and won his first two caps for Ireland this year. 

Head coach Dan McFarland, said: “It is great that Matty, James and Tom have bought into what we are trying to achieve as a club and, because of this, are prepared to further commit themselves to the province.

“All three add a huge amount to the squad, with Matty demonstrating his value as a lineout operating and ball carrying 6.

“Tom is still a young tighthead but has already earned international recognition for his relentless workrate and physicality.

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“James has made a big breakthrough this year, adding consistency in his fundamentals to a top-class ability to beat defenders.

“I look forward to seeing what the next two years hold for this group of young players.” 

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