Alby Mathewson's return to Ireland confirmed

Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent

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Alby Mathewson's return to Ireland confirmed

Former Munster scrum-half Alby Mathewson is set to return to Ireland next season

FORMER Munster scrum-half Alby Mathewson is set to return to Ireland this summer.

Ulster Rugby confirmed this Tuesday that All-Black scrum half, Alby Mathewson, has signed a one-year contract which will see him join the club in July 2020.

Mathewson, who won the first of his five New Zealand caps in 2010, returned home to Australia in December 2019 after a hugely successful 15-month stint with Munster Rugby.

He was a popular figure at the southern province, where he initially joined as short-term cover but extended his stay until the completion of the Rugby World Cup in Japan.

The 34-year-old brings with him a wealth of experience gained from time spent at clubs in both hemispheres, including the Hurricanes, Blues, Western Force and Toulon, prior to joining Munster.

Head Coach, Dan McFarland, said of the deal: “We are delighted that a player of Alby’s quality is set to join the squad.

“His leadership skills and extensive experience will be a valuable addition to our squad – especially for our younger scrum halves as they progress in their development journeys in the months ahead.

“We look forward to giving him a warm welcome as he makes Ulster his new team.”