Ulster have signed South African World Cup-winning back-row ahead Duane Vermeulen, who will be part of the membership following the autumn Exams in November.
The Springbok has signed a deal to play for the Irish province till 2023.
In 2019, Vermeulen was named participant of the match as South Africa stormed their strategy to World Cup victory, lifting the Webb Ellis Trophy by beating England.
The 35-year-old brings with him expertise gained from taking part in in each Tremendous Rugby and the High 14.
The 6ft 4in 18 stone ahead has been capped 54 instances by the Springboks however missed the current Check sequence in opposition to the British and Irish Lions via harm.
The acquisition of Vermeulen as a alternative for his departed compatriot Marcell Coetzee might be thought to be a serious coup for Ulster.
Ulster head coach Dan McFarland mentioned: “Duane is clearly a world class participant who, as the present world champions’ beginning quantity eight, is about to deliver depth and expertise to our actually gifted group of back-rowers.
“In addition to being an plain expertise on the pitch, I do know Duane will play an necessary function going ahead in strengthening the successful mindset we’re constructing as a squad.
“I’d additionally wish to take this chance to recognise Bryn Cunningham’s sensible work in orchestrating this deal from begin to end. It was at all times going to be a tough ask to discover a difference-making eight however Bryn has positively achieved that.”
‘I can’t wait to develop into a part of the Ulster household’
Vermeulen commented: “Ulster and myself had detailed discussions in regards to the membership’s values, expectations and the potential function I can play going ahead.
“It appealed and resonated with me to some extent the place I bought very excited and determined to commit myself to this Ulster journey. I can’t wait to develop into a part of the Ulster household and to function finest I can.”
Ulster have been actively looking for a world class addition to the squad following the deliberate take care of Leone Nakarawa falling via in June.