Zimbabwe-born rugby star Curtis commits to Irish giants Ulster

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Angus Curtis

Rugby ace Angus Curtis is set to continue his career at Irish rugby giants Ulster after signing a two-year contract extension with the Belfast franchise.

The 25-year-old, who was born in Harare and educated at St John’s College in the capital before moving to Durban, South Africa, has made a strong recovery from injury at the end of 2019.

Curtis, who has represented Ireland at Under-20 level, has impressed with his versatility with a string of impressive displays at both fly half and centre.

In an interview with Ulster Rugby’s official website on Thursday, Curtis said he is excited to remain with the province until at least 2025.

“Belfast has been my home for the last number of years, and I’m really delighted to be extending my stay. I look forward to continuing my career with this exciting Ulster squad.”

The Harare-born rugby star is the latest in his bloodline to represent Ireland, following in the footsteps of his father, David, and his grandfather, Arthur Bryan – both of whom played for the European side at senior level.

Curtis, who grew up in Zimbabwe before being schooled at the prestigious Hilton College in South Africa, is now an integral part of Ulster’s first team, having initially joined their academy side after moving to Ireland in January, 2017.

Angus Curtis represented Ireland at Under-20 level and is hoping to wear the green and white jersey at senior international level

Intriguingly, his younger brother, Graham – an exciting scrum-half who also came through Hilton and played for the Sharks U18 team – initially played for Ulster’s academy set-up.

He now plays for Queen’s University in the All-Ireland League, and has represented Ireland in rugby sevens.

Angus has previously expressed his desire to represent Ireland at senior international level in the fifteens format of the game

“My Dad played for Ireland, so from a young age, it was always in the back of my mind. You can’t really make a decision that early but at the end of school, my last year in Hilton was really good so I wanted to push on and give rugby a crack.

“It was then an easier decision to come over here.”

His grandfather, back row Arthur Bryan, won three caps for Ireland in 1950, playing against France, England and Scotland, and setting the Curtis family in action in green.

David, a centre, earned 13 caps for Ireland in 1991 and 1992 – taking in the ’91 Rugby World Cup, where they narrowly lost to Australia in the quarter-finals.

Coincidentally or not, David’s only try for Ireland came against Zimbabwe – where he was born and where he now runs the Stables Winery close to the town of Harare.

 

 

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