Ulster and Ireland lock Iain Henderson has signed a two-year extension to his IRFU contract which will keep him at the Kingspan Stadium until 2023.
The Ulster skipper, who made his international debut in 2012, has been capped 60 times by Ireland and led the side in their most recent outing against France at the Aviva a fortnight ago.
A key factor in Ulster's continued resurgence, confirming Henderson's services for an additional two years will come as a major boost to the club as they look to seal a place in this season's PRO14 final.
The Northerners are currently five points behind leaders Leinster in Conference A with the reigning champions set to visit the Kingspan on March 6th.
“It has been a great honour to captain both Ulster and Ireland in recent times,” Henderson said.
“Irish Rugby is in a good place despite the disruption the sport has experienced during the pandemic.
“As professionals we have been in a privileged position to be able to continue playing and I know we all hope to see supporters back in the Aviva and Kingspan in the near future.”
IRFU Performance Director David Nucifora added: ”Over the past few seasons Iain has really developed into a leader within both the Ireland and Ulster squads.
“He is part of the national leadership group, captaining Ireland recently for the first time and we are delighted to have ensured that he continues his career in Ireland.”
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