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16th Sep 2021

Ulster have just signed one of the biggest names in world rugby

Lee Costello

“Undeniable talent.”

Ulster fans will be jumping up and down with excitement after hearing the news that they have just signed Duane Vermeulen.

Nicknamed the Thor of rugby, the 6ft 4in, 18-stone Springbok will pull on the famous white jersey at Kingspan Stadium until 2023.

Not only is he a current World Cup winner, but he is one of the biggest names in world rugby at the moment, and will be an enormous boost for Ulster.

Ulster head coach Dan McFarland, was clearly delighted with the news that Vermeulen will be joining the Belfast based team.

“Duane is clearly a world class player who, as the current World champions’ starting 8 and MVP from the last World Cup 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.”

Vermeulen himself has stated his reasons for joining the Irish side, and why he can’t wait to get started in November.

“Ulster and myself had detailed discussions about the province’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.”

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