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Rising star Gilroy extends Ulster deal to 2016

IRELAND try-scoring hero, winger Craig Gilroy, will remain with Ulster until the summer of 2016 after signing a three-year contract extension.

Since scoring a brace of tries on his debut for Ulster against Cardiff in November 2010, Gilroy has established himself as one of the most talented young players in Ireland.

Still just 21 years old, he has played 52 times for Ulster and has been top try scorer for his province in each of the past two seasons.

His decisive try against Munster in the Heineken Cup quarter-final last season was awarded Try of the Season at the 2012 IRUPA Player Awards.

He scored two tries for an Ireland XV against the Barbarians back in May and followed that up with three tries for Ireland in last Saturday's non-cap international against Fiji at Thomond Park.

Gilroy said: "I am delighted that I will be playing my rugby at Ravenhill well into 2016.

"I am proud to play for my Province -- representing Ulster means a great deal to me."

Ulster director of rugby David Humpreys said: "I am pleased that a player of the talent of Craig Gilroy has committed to Ulster for the long term."

Connacht scrum-half Kieran Marmion has signed a two-year contract to keep him at the club until the summer of 2015.

It is the first full-time contract for Marmion, who was so impressive at the U20 World Cup where Ireland beat the ultimate winners, South Africa, back in June.

"It gave me a lot of confidence to be chosen for the U20 side and then to start for Connacht this season was fantastic," he said.