Former Ulster fullback Clinton Schifcofske was instrumental in persuading out half Christian Leali’ifano to sign a short-term deal at the Kingspan Stadium.
Capped 19 times by Australia Leali’ifano arrived in Belfast on Wednesday morning having signed a five-month loan deal from the Brumbies and he is looking forward to his taste of club rugby in the northern hemisphere.
“I was obviously through the recovery process looking at some different options to get some further rugby in,
“My agent was an Ulster player as well, Clinton Schifcofske, so we explored a little bit and got a bit interested in and it was definitely something we wanted to explore,” said Leali’ifano.
“Knowing my agent played here and he spoke really highly of it, and the history here, it was something I was really interested in, that was a big reason and hopefully bringing this organisation some success as well.
“Coming to Europe is something that was looked into each time my contract time comes up to explore something different.
“To have the opportunity is one thing but to be able to follow through was another and something that sort of limits us as well is to be able to represent Australia, that is one thing that limits that.
“So to have this opportunity where all parties were okay with it, I definitely had to jump at it and I’m really excited that I’ve got the opportunity. I like the way they play rugby here as well.
“There’s pros and cons for a short stint but definitely more positive.
“To be able to try and have an impact here, to try and add some value to the team and experience as much as I can in this short time and then hopefully further down the line or in the future there’s hopefully another opportunity to play rugby here.
“I am looking forward to the adventure