Ulster Rugby made the news official on Monday, June 9. Billy Burns will leave Gloucester to play with Ulster. The club welcomed Burns with a two-year contract. Ulster can finally take some well-deserved rest as their search for a new out-half is over now.
Billy Burns explained that he had no complaints playing for Gloucester. He was happy at the club and did not plan on leaving the club. Not even the best UK betting sites could have predicted the Ulster transfer, as it all happened on the spur of the moment.
Once the opportunity to play for Ulster was on the table, Burns decided it was time for him to switch the sides. Furthermore, Gloucester signed a contract with Danny Cipriani, which had the potential of limiting Billy’s chances at the club.
“This is a great opportunity for me to take the next step in my career and I’m very grateful to Gloucester for supporting me in this decision,” said Burns. The 24-year-old is eager to play for the international team of Ireland.
The operations director at Ulster, Bryn Cunningham has no doubts about Burns making his dreams come true. Cunningham is impressed with Burns and the skillset the Bath-born player has developed at his age.
Burns made his debut appearance in 2012. He made 101 appearances for Gloucester between 2012 and 2018 and scored 304 points for the club. As far as Billy’s international career goes, the out-half played for England U18, winning the European U18 Championship in 2012. Burns also played for England’s U20 team between 2013 and 2014. He made eight appearances and scored impressive 84 points. During this period, Burns also won the World Rugby under 20 Championship.
All in all, the time will show if Burns will fill in the depth at out-half Ulster has been missing for some time now. Based on Billy’s performance so far, everything is leaning towards a resounding yes.