Sensational signing as Ulster snap up Springbok World Cup star

Duane Vermeulen

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Ulster have completed a major signing with South African veteran Duane Vermeulen set to join the club following the Autumn Tests in November.

The Springbok has signed a deal with the province until 2023.

Vermeulen was named player of the match when South Africa won the World Cup final in 2019 and brings a wealth of experience.

The 35-year-old played three years with Toulon as well as competing in Super Rugby.

Vermeulen will play in the United Rugby Championship in November once he has completed international duties.

Vermeulen said a move to Ulster "resonated" with him.

He 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."

Duane Vermeulen in action for world champions South Africa 

Ulster head coach Dan McFarland feels the addition can help the mindset of their squad: "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."

Ulster had been seeking a high-profile signing after the planned deal with Leone Nakarawa fell through in June.

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