More good news for Irish fans as Iain Henderson agrees new deal until 2021
Ireland second row Iain Henderson has agreed a new national contract to stay at Ulster until 2021.
The news comes on what has been a very productive day for Irish rugby, with captain Rory Best and fullback Rob Kearney also signing new national contracts, which run until the end of the 2019 World Cup.
Second row Henderson has become one of Ireland's most important players since the retirement of Paul O'Connell, and was selected to go on the Lions tour of New Zealand last summer.
The 26-year-old has won 37 international caps, and has won two Six Nations titles with Ireland.
"I am delighted and extremely proud to extend my playing career in Ireland for a further three years," Henderson said in a statement.
"The Irish rugby setup is one of the best in world rugby and, since turning professional, I have been able to develop in an environment that has seen both provincial and national teams being part of some fantastic days and indeed some challenging times over the past seasons."
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