Ulster reward Heaney's fine form with new contract
After impressing in the absence of Springbok international Ruan Pienaar, Ulster scrum-half Michael Heaney has signed a new contract that will keep him at the province until the end of the season.
A graduate of the Ulster Academy, the 21-year-old rejoined Ulster from Doncaster Knights in the summer on an initial four-month contract.
He has represented Ulster at all levels and made his senior debut in a pre-season friendly away to Harlequins in August 2010.
Heaney was a member of the Ireland U-20 squad that won the 2010 Six Nations Championship and also competed in the IRB Junior World Championships later that year.
"It was a great opportunity to have been given the initial four-month contract and I am pleased that I will be able to stay and to continue to represent my province," said Heaney.
Irish hooker Rory Best will make his seasonal debut for Ulster in tomorrow's Ravenhilll derby clash against Connacht.
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