The IRFU and Ulster Rugby are pleased to announce that Andrew Trimble has signed a new two-year Irish contract. The deal will run until June 2017.
Andrew Trimble made his senior debut for Ulster against Cardiff in September 2005 and has gone on to represent his province 188 times, scoring 64 tries.
He won his first cap for Ireland against Australia in November 2005. The 30-year-old has made 57 appearances for Ireland to date, scoring 16 tries. His most recent appearance for Ireland was in the 23-17 victory over Argentina last June.
Trimble achieved a notable awards hat-trick in 2014, scooping the IRUPA Players Player of the Year, GUINNESS Rugby Writers of Ireland Player of the Year and Ulster Rugby Player of the Year honours.
He played a starring role in the RBS 6 Nations title-winning campaign, scoring tries against Scotland, Italy and France, and also featured in Ulster’s march to last season’s PRO12 play-offs.
IRFU Performance Director David Nucifora said: “Andrew is a model professional who sets a great example for all young aspiring rugby players. His performances for Ireland and Ulster last season were top rate and he continues to develop his game after almost 10 years as a professional in Ireland.”
Ulster Rugby team manager Bryn Cunningham commented: “Andrew is a crowd favourite at Kingspan Stadium and a proven international performer, having won a multitude of awards last season.
“It is a huge boost to Ulster Rugby that Andrew has committed to the province for a further two years. He is an important leader within our squad and we look forward to him returning to action in the coming months.”
Commenting on his new contract, Andrew said: “I am delighted to have signed with Ulster for a further two years. I hope to be back playing soon (following a recurrence of a toe injury) and will be aiming to put myself in the frame for selection for Ulster and Ireland over the coming months.
“2015 will be an exciting year at both provincial and national level and I hope to play a role in the coming years in the continuing success of Irish rugby.”