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Ulster on verge of signing former New Zealand Sevens player - reports

Ulster are set to make their first signing since Dan McFarland took over as head coach.

The club have been on the hunt for a player since Wallaby Henry Speight finished his stint with the club last month.

And it appears that they’ve turned to Super Rugby to sign utility back Matt Faddes according to the Belfast Telegraph.

The 27-year-old played Mitre 10 rugby for Otago and Super Rugby for the Highlanders last year.

He is rated as the Mitre 10’s 17th best outside centre in the RugbyPass Index, with an RPI of 53.

Matt Faddes in action for Highlanders. (Photo by Getty Images/Steve Haag/Gallo Images)

He has an impressive scoring rate in Super Rugby with 16 tries in 35 games.

He has been capped by New Zealand at sevens and also represented the Barbarians in November 2016, playing against Fiji and South Africa.

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His versatility means he can play at centre, wing or full-back and would be a useful addition in a World Cup year with Ulster set to lose the likes of Jacob Stockdale and Will Addison.

Meanwhile Ulster’s Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final with provincial rivals Leinster has been confirmed for the Aviva Stadium on Saturday March 30th.

Should they advance past the defending champions they would face either Racing 92 again or Toulouse on April 20th/21st.

HEINEKEN CHAMPIONS CUP quarter-finals (All kick-offs local time):

Saturday 30 March
QF 2: Edinburgh Rugby v Munster Rugby, BT Murrayfield (12.45)
QF 1: Saracens v Glasgow Warriors, Allianz Park (15.15)
QF 3: Leinster Rugby v Ulster Rugby, Aviva Stadium (17.45)

Sunday 31 March
QF 4: Racing 92 v Toulouse, Paris La Défense Arena (16.15)

Semi-final 1 – winner of QF 1: Saracens v Glasgow Warriors will play the winner of QF 2: Edinburgh Rugby v Munster Rugby
Semi-final 2 – winner of QF 3: Leinster Rugby v Ulster Rugby will play the winner of QF 4: Racing 92 v Toulouse
(Matches to be played on 20/21 April)

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Ulster on verge of signing former New Zealand Sevens player - reports