Faloon heading back to Ulster

Date published: February 10 2015

Ulster and Connacht have reached an agreement that will see openside flanker, Willie Faloon, return to his native province for the 2015/16 season.

The 28-year-old has signed a one-year contract with Ulster meaning that he will be at Kingspan Stadium until at least 2016.

Faloon came through the ranks at the Ulster Academy and represented the senior Ulster team on 63 occasions between 2008 and 2012.

With stiff competition for places at Ulster, he joined Connacht at the start of the 2012 season in search of game-time and quickly established himself as a first-team regular at the Sportsground.

He has played 39 games for Connacht over the past three seasons, scoring six tries.

He has also represented the Ireland Wolfhounds and was voted Connacht’s Player of the Season in his first year in Galway by the province’s Supporters Club.

“While I am pleased to be returning to Ulster, I want to thank the coaches and fans of Connacht who have backed me over the past three seasons," said Faloon.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in Galway and in the next few months I am completely focused on helping Connacht be successful in both the Pro12 and the Challenge Cup.”

“Willie has a hard edge to his game and he will provide us with another excellent option at Pro12 and European level," said Ulster’s Team Manager, Bryn Cunningham.

“He has been in fantastic form for Connacht this season and he will come home to challenge for the number 7 jersey.

“Such competition for starting places only serves to drive up performance levels across the board, therefore I am delighted to see Willie coming back to Belfast."