Tom Court to leave Ulster for Premiership club

Ulster Rugby have announced that loosehead prop Tom Court will leave Ulster at the end of the season to play for an unnamed Aviva Premiership club.

A statement from Ulster says that Court has agreed a new long term contract with an English club.

Court joined Ulster at the start of the 2006/2007 season and has made 135 appearances for the Province.

He was born in Australia but is qualified to play for Ireland through ancestry and has won 32 international caps. He represented the British and Irish Lions in the summer and played 35 minutes for the tourists in the win over the Melbourne Rebels.

The 33 year-old has been a cornerstone of the Ulster scrum in recent years. He played in both the 2012 Heineken Cup Final and last season’s RaboDirect PRO12 final. He was a stand out performer in last month’s wins over Leicester Tigers and Montpellier.

Commenting on his reasons for leaving Ulster, Tom Court said: “I feel that this is the right decision with regards to me and my career at this stage.

“It is going to be very sad when the time comes to actually leave and finish up, but there is a lot of rugby left for me with the Province.”

“There are six months remaining of this season, so there is even more motivation for me to make the most of it while I am here and to try and help Ulster win something.”.

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