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Saturday 10 December 2016

Limerick native Rowley signs up for the Ulster men

ULSTER have announced the signings of London Welsh players Peter Browne and Paul Rowley.

Lock Browne, 27, is Irish-qualified, while 26-year-old scrum-half Rowley, who was born in Limerick, began his playing career at the Munster academy, representing the province's Under-19 and Under-20 sides.

Ulster team manager Bryn Cunningham said: "Pete's pedigree and age make him the perfect person to come into an environment that will encourage him to achieve his potential and result in him pushing hard for a starting berth as a six or second-row.

"Paul possesses an all-round game, with control being at the forefront of his skill-set.

"He will aim to put pressure on Paul Marshall and provide a slightly different option with his left-footed kicking from behind the pack."

Meanwhile, Saracens flanker Jacques Burger has been cited for alleged foul play during last Sunday's European Champions Cup quarter-final game against Racing Metro in Paris.

European Professional Club Rugby said that Burger is alleged to have struck Racing scrum-half Maxime Machenaud midway through the match at Stade Yves-du-Manoir, which Saracens won 12-11.

The complaint was made by match citing commissioner Eugene Ryan.

Namibia international Burger, 31, will face a disciplinary hearing today. Welshman Simon Thomas has been appointed as independent judicial officer.

World Rugby's low end punishment for such an offence is a two-week ban, with anything from eight weeks to 52 weeks at the top end.

Saracens return to Aviva Premiership action against play-off rivals Leicester this Saturday, before tackling Champions Cup semi-final opponents Clermont Auvergne in Saint Etienne on April 18.

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