Ireland trio sign new three-year deals to stay at Ulster
Ireland internationals Luke Marshall, Rob Herring and Kieran Treadwell have all agreed new contracts to remain at Ulster until at least the summer of 2021.
The news will come as a big boost for Director of Rugby Les Kiss as he prepares for the Champions Cup back-to-backs against Harlequins next month, with all three expected to play a part in Ulster's two European clashes.
Marshall has won 11 caps for Ireland since 2013 at centre, although the 26-year-old wasn't included in Joe Schmidt's squad for the autumn internationals.
Treadwell and Herring did get the nod in November, with the former winning his third cap off the bench against Fiji and the latter starting against the Tier 2 nation as well as making a try-scoring cameo as a replacement against South Africa.
"Luke has been one of our most consistent players in recent years; he's a robust presence in our midfield and is a brilliant link man in both attack and defence," Les Kiss told the Ulster website.
"Rob and Kieran have also been in excellent form this season and I was delighted to see them earn recalls into the national squad for this month's fixtures.
"Rob has really grown as a player since his arrival at Ulster five years ago and he is widely regarded as a highly skilled hooker who leads from the front. Kieran has made a big impression over the past 18 months and it's evident that he possesses all the attributes required to become a top class second row; he's a big, mobile unit and is a good student of the game.
"With increasing player movement, it's vital that we continue to retain our best talent, and to have Luke, Rob and Kieran commit to long-term deals is a huge boost for us. They will play central roles in our programme over the next few years."
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