WORCESTER Warriors prop Gareth Milasinovich will be joining Pro14 side Ulster at the end of the season to pursue his ambition of playing international rugby for Ireland.

Although Milasinovich was born and raised in South Africa the tighthead qualifies for Ireland through his grandfather Norman McFarland, a former Ulster player.

Warriors director of rugby Alan Solomons said: “Gareth has made a valuable contribution to the team during his time here at Sixways.

“Although we are sorry to see him go, we appreciate that his move to Ulster affords him the opportunity to challenge for international honours. We wish him all the very best.”

Milasinovich, 26, joined Warriors’ academy in 2015 from the University of Johannesburg.

He made his Worcester debut in the 2015-16 European Challenge Cup and also had a spell with Yorkshire Carnegie on a dual registration before he signed his first senior contract with Warriors in 2016-17.

Milasinovich made his 50th first team appearance for Warriors against Gloucester at Kingsholm in December.

Ulster head coach Dan McFarland said Milasinovich would bolster his side’s pack next season.

“Gareth is a big strong man who will provide us with another good option and enhance competition for places in the front row,” McFarland said.

“We have been aware of his development since his move to Worcester and we’re looking forward to seeing him contribute to Ulster from next season.”