Ulster and Ireland second row Dan Tuohy has signed a new three-year deal keeping him with the province through to 2018.
The 29-year-old arrived in Belfast back in 2009 from Exeter Chiefs and has established himself as a first team regular with the side.
He has also won nine caps for Ireland during that time, helping Ireland to victory in the 2014 Six Nations, making two appearances.
“I am delighted to have signed a new contract with Ulster,” said Tuohy.
“I have been here almost six years now and although Ulster Rugby has evolved a huge amount in that time we are yet to win anything.
“Having the chance to be part of a trophy-winning Ulster team was a huge part of my decision to stay and I will be giving my all to help Ulster be successful in the next three seasons.”
It’s a boost for Ulster, who lost second row and skipper Johann Muller to retirement at the end of last season.
“Dan is hugely important to us and has developed into a highly effective leader both on off the pitch,” added team manager Bryn Cunningham.
“He has proven at both international and provincial level that he is an outstanding player in his position. His effectiveness as a powerful ball carrier to break the gainline at important times in matches is crucial in the modern game.
“I am extremely pleased he has committed to Ulster in the long term showing the belief our front line players have in the future of Ulster Rugby. I have no doubt that he will continue to make a huge contribution to our success in the next three seasons.”