Darren Cave pens new deal with Ulster

Darren Cave has been with Ulster since 2007
Darren Cave has been with Ulster since 2007

Ireland international Darren Cave has signed a new deal with Ulster that will keep him with the Pro 14 until the summer of 2019.

Cave, a product of Ulster Academy made his debut for the senior team in 2007 and has overall made 208 appearances for the Irish regional side in which he has scored 44 tries.

"I'm really pleased to be staying on for another season. This month marks 11 years since I earned my first Ulster cap and I still feel that I have much more to give," said Cave, who is Ulster's third-most capped player.

"We have a lot of work to do but the guys are committed to improving as individuals and as a collective. Hopefully we can finish this season strongly and then bring that through to the new campaign.

"I believe the future of Ulster Rugby is bright and I'm really looking forward to being part of that."

The 31-year-old's Ireland debut came in 2007 against Canada but it was in 2012 when his domestic form was recognised and he was included in the summer tour of New Zealand. Overall, he has played 11 Tests scoring two tries in it.

Ulster are currently fourth in Conference B of Pro 14 Championship with 10 wins from 18 games.