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Springbok star Terblanche set for Ulster debut

By Niall Crozier

Ulster's new South African signing, Stefan Terblanche, is set to make his eagerly-awaited debut in Friday night’s vital Heineken Cup clash with Italian visitors Aironi.

The 37 times-capped full-back , who scored four tries against Ireland on his Springboks debut in 1998, has been recruited on a short-term contract to ease an injury crisis caused by the Achilles tendon injury to summer signing, New Zealand’s Jared Payne.

Terblanche’s arrival was held up for a month by visa problems but he insisted today: “Now I’m here, I’m looking forward to getting stuck in.

“It is a difficult time of the year with a lot of games on and hopefully I can better the team whether it be from the bench, starting, or just through experience.

“I will do my best to try to slot in as quickly as possible and try and find my feet within the team, and within the region and move on.”

Terblanche revealed he has watched video re-runs of Ulster’s two Heineken Cup games to date, the Ravenhill win over Clermont and the defeat by Leicester at Welford Road.

“I watched them and I was pretty impressed with how they played, especially the away game a t Leicester. It is a difficult place to go and play, having played there myself, and I thought they did really well,” he added.

“I also know how tough a place Ravenhill is to come to from my time as an Osprey and I don’t think I have ever won here, maybe once against Ulster, so it will be good to pull on that white jersey.”

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