Ulster Rugby winger Jacob Stockdale has signed a three-year IRFU contract up to the end of the 2022/23 season.
Just like James Ryan this week, Jacob Stockdale will be lining out for Ireland up until at least the next Rugby World Cup.
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Stockdale made his Ireland debut against the USA on the 2017 Summer Tour where he opened his account for the national team scoring a try in the opening quarter of the game.
The Ulster winger scored 10 tries for Ireland across the 2017/18 season including seven during the 2018 Grand Slam campaign which resulted in him being named Player of the Championship. His burst on to the scene was so dramatic he was compared with All-Black try-machine Julian Savea.
Luckily Stockdale's career has not hit the same obstacles, Savea has. So far the Ulster interception specialist has scored 16 tries in his 26 Test match appearances for Ireland.
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A member of the Ireland U20s squad that reached the final of the 2016 U20 World Rugby Championships Jacob scored four tries across that campaign.
Since his Ulster debut against Benetton back in January 2016, he has gone on to make 63 appearances scoring 27 tries for the northern province.
Jacob Stockdale said, after signing the deal, “I am delighted to have signed an IRFU contract. I am involved with two ambitious squads and I know I will continue to develop as a player in both environments.
"Things have been going really well at Ulster and there are exciting things happening in the Ireland set-up and the IRFU High-Performance Centre is world-class. I look forward to performing on the field for both Ulster and Ireland.”
David Nucifora, IRFU Performance Director, said “Jacob has continued to grow as a player after bursting onto the scheme in his debut Six nations season.
"He has performed at a consistently high level for both Ireland and Ulster and has huge potential to develop further on the international stage.”
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