Tighthead prop, Bronson Ross, has signed a one-year contract extension at Ulster The 29-year-old joined the province from Coventry in 2013. His first season was cut short due to a neck injury and he played just one game.
However, he has represented the province 15 times during this campaign and has now established himself as an important member of the playing squad.
Ross was born in Oamaru, New Zealand, but is Irish-qualified as his mother is from Belfast.
"I am delighted to be extending my stay at Ulster. I have really enjoyed my time in Belfast so far and I am excited about the next 12 months ahead," said Ross.
"However, we still have a lot to aim for this season and I will be looking to play my part in helping the team secure a top four spot in the Pro12."
"Bronson is an excellent individual to have in the Ulster senior ranks," said Ulster team manager, Bryn Cunningham.
"Aside from acquitting himself excellently as a back up to Wiehahn Herbst for much of this season and showing considerable improvement throughout the year in his all round game, he is also a very positive influence and popular member of the squad.
"Turning 30 next season, Bronson shows that as a tighthead prop, late developers can really excel if they put in the hard work and have the right attitude. Extending for another season gives Bronson the opportunity to consolidate his position and to continue to improve."