Ulster have signed Irish-qualified Coventry tight-head prop Bronson Ross on a one-year development contract.
Ross was born in Oamaru in New Zealand and played for the Dunedin club in his native country before moving to Europe at the age of 22.
He spent two years at Boroughmuir in Scotland before representing Spanish side Guernica for a year.
Ross, 27, joined Coventry at the start of the 2012/13 seasons and played 26 times for the National League 1 outfit.
The prop said that he was delighted to be "joining one of the best rugby operations in Europe".
"My mother was originally from Belfast, I have a lot of family there, so it will be great to represent the Province," added Ross.