Afoa leaving Ulster for English club

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Afoa, 30, who has signed a long-term deal with an English premiership club, will have had two years with the Irish province when he completes his time. He has played 48 times for the side to date since joining from the Blues.

Afoa told Ulster's website: "It is good to have my long term future sorted out, however, I still have a lot of rugby to play for Ulster.

"I have six months remaining on my contract with the province and I am focused on helping the guys win something this season.

"When I finish my career, I will reflect on my time at Ravenhill with a lot of pride," he said.

Ulster's director of rugby, David Humphreys said Afoa had made a 'fantastic contribution' to Ulster rugby.

"He has been excellent for us on the pitch but has also been great for us off it, working along with Allen Clarke to develop the next generation of props for Ulster and Ireland.

"I know that with his wife and children in New Zealand, it has been a challenge for John to balance the needs of rugby and family, but he has handled that situation with the utmost professionalism.

"When he leaves in June, everyone at Ulster Rugby will wish John well. Until that time however, I know that he will be fully committed to the province and I also know that he will now be even more determined to help Ulster be successful this season."