The IRFU and Ulster have announced that Jared Payne has signed a two-year contract, which will keep him at Ravenhill until June 2018.
Payne made his debut for Ulster against Cardiff Blues in September 2011 and has represented the province 63 times, scoring 14 tries.
The 30-year-old won his first international cap in the win over South Africa in November 2014 and has claimed 12 caps and two tries to date.
IRFU, Performance Director, David Nucifora, commented: "Jared has illustrated his ability to compete at the highest level and be an important leader and decision maker for both Ireland and Ulster. We are delighted to have secured his services for a further two years.”
Ulster's Director of Rugby, Les Kiss, said: "Jared is an incredibly astute and intelligent rugby player. He adds experience and calm to any backline and will continue to be an important player for Ulster for years to come.”
Commenting on his new contract, Payne said: "I am very happy to have signed a two year Irish contract to remain with Ulster Rugby. It has been an honour for me to not only pull on the Ulster jersey but to represent Ireland. There is plenty for us to achieve at Ulster and with Ireland.”