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Payne to paper - Jared signs new two-year IRFU contract

The 30-year-old will remain with Ulster until 2018.

Payne scores against Canada during the Rugby World Cup.
Payne scores against Canada during the Rugby World Cup.
Image: Mike Egerton

THE IRFU TODAY announced that Jared Payne had signed a new two-year Irish contract that will see him remain with Ulster until June 2018.

The 30-year-old, who made his debut an Autumn International against South Africa in 2014, has won 12 caps for Ireland, the most recent of which came against France last Saturday.

The New Zealand-born fullback can also play centre and has 14 tries in 63 appearances for Ulster.

Commenting on the deal today, IRFU performance director David Nucifora said:

Jared has illustrated his ability to compete at the highest level and be an important leader and decision maker for both Ireland and Ulster. We are delighted to have secured his services for a further two years.”

While Ulster’s director of rugby, Les Kiss, added:

“Jared is an incredibly astute and intelligent rugby player. He adds experience and calm to any backline and will continue to be an important player for Ulster for years to come.”

Payne also commented on the deal saying:

“It has been an honour for me to not only pull on the Ulster jersey, but to represent Ireland as well. There is plenty for us to achieve at Ulster and with Ireland.”

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