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New recruits: Ulster bring in Williams, Heaney and Doyle

The Heineken Cup finalists have signed former Munster back row Nick Williams plus two young players for the upcoming campaign.

Williams played with AIroni last season.
Williams played with AIroni last season.
Image: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

ULSTER HAVE ANNOUNCED three new signings for the upcoming season.

Back row Nick Williams has joined from Aironi on a two-year deal after scoring 10 tries in 31 league games for the Italians after leaving Munster in 2009. The Kiwi will no doubt play an important role in Mark Anscombe’ team, having played under him during his time at North Harbour.

“Nick was a standout player during his time at Aironi and he will add a great deal to our squad,” said Ulster Director of Rugby David Humphreys.

“His addition means there will be real depth right across the back row and this is vital, given that Stephen Ferris is under an IRFU Player Management Programme.

Mark Anscombe brought him out of club rugby in New Zealand and believes he can make a huge impact here at Ulster. He is an excellent ball carrier and is a very physical in defence.”

Scrum-half Michael Heaney, meanwhile, returns to Ravenhill from Doncaster Knights on a 4-month deal with the option of an extension.

The 21-year-old is a graduate from the Phoenix Ulster Academy, was a member of the 2010 Six Nations-winning U20 Irish team and represented the province at every level before departing midway through last season.

Sean Doyle also arrives from Sydney club Southern Districts. The 22-year-old flanker, who is Australian-born and Irish-qualified, has been one of the best players in the New South Wales Premier Grade over the past four years, according to Ulster’s website.

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