The Irish Rugby Football Union and Ulster have confirmed that hooker Rory Best has signed a new two-year contract, which ties him in until 2016.
Best made his senior debut for Ulster against Munster in November 2004 and has represented his province 143 times, scoring twelve tries.
He won his first cap for Ireland against New Zealand in November 2005. The 31-year-old has made 70 appearances for Ireland and has scored eight international tries, the most recent of which came in the defeat to the All Blacks in November.
He was a late call-up to the Lions tour of Australia and captained the tourists against the Brumbies.
"I am pleased to have signed for a further two years. It is a massive honour to play for Ireland and Ulster. The support that I received when I missed out on the initial Lions squad was a massive factor in me making the decision to stay," he said.
That made me feel very special and underlined to me that Ulster is more than a team, it is a community and a rugby family. I want to keep playing for Ireland for as long as I can and to try and win a few more things in the green jersey."