Ulster Closing In On New Zealander To Replace Henry Speight


Ulster Rugby have dealt pretty well since losing Wallaby Henry Speight largely thanks to the emergence of academy winger Robert Baloucoune. But the northern province know they will need to strengthen going forward – especially with a number of their players set to be away on World Cup duty later this year.

And it looks like they are already planning well in advance, with Dan McFarland set to make his first signing since taking over last summer.

According to the Belfast Telegraph, Ulster are close to confirming a deal to sign Kiwi utility back Matt Faddes from the Highlanders. The 27-year-old can play centre or across the back-three (similar to Speight), and has represented the All Blacks at Sevens level.

He’ll be a welcome addition no doubt with depth an area Ulster have struggled with in recent times.