Ulster sign Georgia prop Peikrishvili on short-term contract

Anton Peikrishvili has signed for Ulsrer until December
Anton Peikrishvili has signed for Ulster until December

Ulster have moved to ease their front-row concerns by signing Georgia prop Anton Peikrishvili on a short-term contract until 19 December.

The Irish province are currently without three front-line tighthead props, Wiehahn Herbst, Ricky Lutton and Jonny Simpson, because of injuries.

The 28-year-old has played club rugby in France since 2007, representing Agen, Castres, Brive and Bayonne.

Peikrishvili has won 23 international caps since making his debut in 2008.

Between 2010 and 2014, he was a key member of Castres' Heineken Cup squad, starting 12 games in the competition during that period.

Kiss welcomed the news that Peikrishvili would be on board for the next few months and added that he was grateful to the IRFU for their assistance in facilitating it.

"It's a challenging period with Wiehahn Herbst, Ricky Lutton and Jonny Simpson currently unavailable due to injury, so it was important for us to explore what short-term options were open to us."

"Bryn Cunningham (Operations Director) has moved with speed to recruit Anton and I would like to thank the IRFU for their expediency and flexibility in allowing us to bring in this support.

"During these discussions we shared our desire to give young Academy props, such as Ross Kane and Craig Trenier, opportunities to represent the senior squad.

"Anton is an experienced player who will provide us with extra cover in a very important position.

"The Georgians are traditionally very strong scrummagers and Anton is no different in this regard. For a big unit he is pretty mobile and he will be able to contribute around the park, which is important for the style of rugby we wish to play."

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