Forwards Pete Browne and Andy Warwick sign new Ulster contracts

Ulster prop Andy Warwick
Andy Warwick can play at either loosehead or tighthead prop

Ulster forwards Andy Warwick and Pete Browne have signed fresh contracts with the Irish province.

Prop Warwick, 25, who can operate on both sides of the scrum, has penned a three-year extension, which will keep him at Kingspan Stadium until 2020.

Second row Browne, who has made 22 appearances for Ulster to date, has signed on until at least 2019.

"Having these two on board for the next few years is a big plus," said Ulster Director of Rugby Les Kiss.

"Andy and Pete are key members of the squad, which is highlighted in the large number of games they have played for us so far this season.

"It's imperative that we continue to develop our strength-in-depth across all positions."

Warwick has made 56 Ulster appearances, including nine this season.

Browne joined the club in the summer of 2015 from London Welsh.

"Andy is still relatively young for a prop and I have no doubt that we are still to see the best from him," continued Kiss.

"His ability to cover both sides of the scrum is really valuable for us. Talented young Ulster men are the focal point of our squad and Andy is a great example of this."

"Pete came into our set-up last year and started to make a real impact in the latter stages of the season. He has some fantastic attributes and his lineout work, ball carrying and ability to win turnovers are hugely important for us."