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NEWS: Ulster sign Duane Vermeulen

One of the biggest names in world rugby, Duane Vermeulen, has signed for Ulster.

Duane Vermeulen
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Duane Vermeulen has signed for Ulster and will join the club following the Springboks' tour of the northern hemisphere in November.

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Nicknamed the Thor of rugby, the 6ft 4in 101kg Springbok will pull on the famous white jersey at Kingspan Stadium until 2023.

In 2019, Vermeulen was crowned Player of the Match as South Africa stormed their way to a World Cup final victory, lifting the Webb Ellis trophy.

The 35-year-old brings with him experience gained in both Super Rugby and the Top 14 and will join the United Rugby Championship in November once he has completed international duties during the Autumn Tests.

Ulster head coach, Dan McFarland, said: “Duane is clearly a world class player who, as the current World Champions’ starting 8 and MVP from the last RWC Final, is set to bring depth and experience to our really talented group of back rowers.

“As well as being an undeniable talent on the pitch, I know Duane will play an important role going forward in strengthening the winning mindset we are building as a squad.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to recognise Bryn Cunningham’s brilliant work in orchestrating this deal from start to finish. It was always going to be a difficult ask to find a difference-making 8 but Bryn has definitely achieved that.”

Vermeulen added: “Ulster and myself had detailed discussions about the club’s values, expectations and the potential role I can play going forward. It appealed and resonated with me to a point where I got very excited and decided to commit myself to this Ulster journey. I cannot wait to become part of the Ulster family and to serve as best I can.”

Ulster have been actively seeking a world class addition to the squad following the planned deal with Leone Nakarawa falling through in June.

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