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Ulster backs Will Addison and Louis Ludik have both been cleared to play in Ulster's Heineken Champions Cup opener with Bath. 

The pair both missed last weekend's Guinness Pro 14 defeat to Munster due to injury.

Addison was replaced after 16-minutes of this month's 22-7 win over Zebre at Kingspan Stadium and left on the night with his arm in a sling having sustained a shoulder injury.

While Ulster injury updates are regularly light on detail, it appears Dan McFarland and co are happy for the Ireland international to play in Saturday's Pool 3 game at The Rec.

Ludik sustained a concussion in that Zebre win and sat out the game at Thomond having followed the return-to-play protocols.

The province's medical team say they have no new injuries to contend with before Saturday.

A Lyttle extension

Ulster have been further boosted today with the news that Rob Lyttle has signed a new deal to keep him with the province until at least the summer of 2023.

The 22-year old winger has started in four of Ulster's Pro 14 games this season and scored a try in the win over Zebre.

McFarland is delighted to have secured Lyttle with a 3-year extension, "Rob is another great example of a home-grown player who has been developed through the club and schools’ system in Ulster, before refining his game through our performance pathway and going on to represent the club with distinction at professional level.

"The back three is an area where we have a good mix of seasoned experience and exciting young prospects, so I’m looking forward to watching Rob continue to develop his game and also drive the standards of those around him in challenging for places."

Lyttle says he had to put very little thought into agreeing to a new deal, "I have grown up supporting Ulster, and I have relished the opportunity to represent my home province, so it was an easy decision for me to commit my future here.

"I believe Ulster are building something special and I’m really excited about playing a part in the club’s future."


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