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Bill Johnston To Join Ulster

Bill Johnston To Join Ulster

Tipperary youngster Bill Johnston is pictured during a Munster training session at the University of Limerick last month ©INPHO/Laszlo Geczo

Ulster Rugby have confirmed that out-half Bill Johnston will move to the province this summer from his native Munster.

Johnston was a key member of the Ireland Under-20 team that reached the 2016 World Rugby U-20 Championship final, scoring 11 points in the comeback victory over Wales and another 10 points in the historic win over New Zealand.

The 22-year-old play-maker was given his Munster debut in March 2017 and made 12 senior appearances up to this season, scoring 29 points.

Johnston said he is looking forward to linking up with his new colleagues, saying:

I’m an ambitious player and this is a great opportunity for me to test myself in an exciting new environment and develop my game under Dan (McFarland) and the other coaches.

“Ulster has a talented young squad that is hungry for success and it’s an organisation that’s clearly moving in the right direction. That’s something I really want to be part of and I can’t wait to make the move to Belfast and get stuck into pre-season training.”

Ulster head coach McFarland commented:

Bill is a very exciting young prospect who, for a number of reasons, has had limited playing opportunities over the past couple of years. He obviously feels now is the right time for a new challenge in his career and he will bring enthusiasm and unquestionable talent to our squad. We’re confident that he’ll be a really good addition.”