Ulster have signed former Highlanders openside flanker, Tim Boys, on a short-term contract until the end of this season.
The 30-year old New Zealander played 46 Super Rugby matches for the Dunedin franchise between 2006 and 2013 and recently made his 100th appearance for his province, Southland.
He has represented New Zealand at U19 level and was top of the tackling charts in last season’s ITM Cup with 158 tackles in 11 matches.
“It has always been an ambition of mine to play in the Northern Hemisphere, so when Ulster offered me the opportunity to join them on a short term contract I had no hesitation in saying yes,” said Boys.
“They are a top Irish province, with great facilities and a passionate fan base. I am looking forward to joining up with the rest of the Ulster players as soon as possible and working hard to help the team get a play-off place in the Pro12.”
“With the injury list Ulster have incurred recently it is great to be able to bring in someone of Tim’s pedigree to bolster a crucial area of the pack,” said Ulster’s team manager Bryn Cunningham.
“Coming into the business end of the season, it was vital we secured someone with a high level of experience capable of adapting to a new calling system quickly.
“His proven track record with the Highlanders and being renowned for his high tackle rate and disruption of opposition ball at the breakdown will hopefully result in him being integral in our bid to make the Guinness PRO12 play-offs.”
Boys will join up with the Ulster squad on 2nd February.