Jared Payne has committed his future to Ulster and Irish rugby
The two-year contract will keep him at Kingspan Stadium until June 2018
Payne becomes the 15th player tied to a central contract with the IRFU
Ulster and the IRFU yesterday confirmed that Jared Payne has signed a new two-year central contract.
The Kiwi, who has won 12 caps since qualifying for the national side on residency in November 2014, will now remain within the Irish set-up until at least 2018.
The New Zealand-born back joined Ulster in 2011 and won the first of his 12 Irish caps in November 2014. Payne becomes the 15th player tied to a central contract with the IRFU.
Commenting on the fresh deal, Payne spoke of the honour he feels representing both his adopted province and Ireland.
“I am very happy to have signed a two-year Irish contract to remain with Ulster Rugby,” the 30-year-old said. “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 Ireland.”
Ulster’s Director of Rugby, Les Kiss, praised Payne’s ability and said he will remain integral for the Kingspan outfit moving forward.
“Jared is an incredibly astute and intelligent rugby player,” said Ireland’s former defence coach (right).
“He adds experience and calmness to any backline and he will continue to be an important player for Ulster in the years to come.”