Ulster Rugby sign Samoan outhalf on short-term contract

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Ulster Rugby have confirmed they have signed Samoan international outhalf, Mike Stanley, on a short-term contract until the end of this season.

The 25 year-old had been training with Super 15 Rugby side, the Chiefs and has signed for four months to be a back-up 10 to Ian Humphreys. Both Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding are currently out with medium-term injuries.

Born in Auckland, Mike is from a famous rugby family in New Zealand that includes All Blacks, Joe, Jeremy and Benson Stanley. He moved to England as a child and grew up in Thurrock, where he attended the Gable Hall School.

His ability as a schoolboy saw him join the Saracens Academy and while there he played underage rugby for England at U16, U18 and U20 level.

He spent two years playing club rugby before he decided to head to New Zealand where he signed for Tana Umaga’s side, Counties Manukau, in 2012.

Last season, his performances saw him being brought into the Samoan Squad for their 2014 European Summer Tour, culminating in him coming off the bench against Italy and then starting the following week, when he kicked 13 points in a 23-13 victory over Canada.

He has won three international caps to date, the most recent of which was against England at Twickenham last Autumn.