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Baa-Baa Payne signs three-year deal at Ulster

ULSTER have announced a new three-year contract for full-back Jared Payne.

Payne (27) is in the Barbarians squad for their appointments with England on May 26, then the British and Irish Lions in Hong Kong six days later.

His new deal will keep him at Ravenhill until at least 2016, having joined Ulster from the Auckland Blues two years ago. Ulster rugby director David Humphreys said: "Jared is an exceptional player who is as dynamic with ball in hand as he is rock solid in defence. He is a hugely important member of our squad, and I am delighted that he has committed to Ulster for a further three years."

Munster's BJ Botha is also included in a strong Barbarians squad for their games against England and the Lions. The Baa-Baas have now confirmed 22 players who will form the nucleus of their tour party, with uncapped Wasps flanker Sam Jones among the latest additions. The Barbarians play England at Twickenham on May 26, then Warren Gatland's Lions six days later.

BARBARIANS Squad – Backs: J Payne (Ulster), R Varty (DeA Tigers and Hong Kong), T Ngwenya (Biarritz and USA),J Rokocoko (Bayonne and New Zealand), J Hook (Perpignan and Wales), N Evans (Harlequins and New Zealand), K Fotuali'I (Ospreys and Samoa), D Peel (Sale Sharks and Wales), D Yachvili (Biarritz and France). Forwards: D Jones (Ospreys and Wales), B J Botha (Munster and South Africa), P James (Bath and Wales), M Castrogiovanni (Leicester and Italy), M Rees (Scarlets and Wales), L Ghiraldini (Treviso and Italy), M Wentzel (Wasps and South Africa), J Hamilton (Gloucester and Scotland), F Louw (Bath and South Africa), S Jones (Wasps), A Zanni (Treviso and Italy), S Parisse (Stade Francais and Italy), I Harinordoquy (Biarritz and France).


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