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Duane Vermeulen backed to be a massive Ulster hit by province's former Springbok stars

Ludik, Pienaar and Van der Merwe relishing seeing Bok in white

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Here we go: Duane Vermeulen will make his long-awaited Ulster debut. Credit: Getty Images for Barbarians

Here we go: Duane Vermeulen will make his long-awaited Ulster debut. Credit: Getty Images for Barbarians

Getty Images for Barbarians

Here we go: Duane Vermeulen will make his long-awaited Ulster debut. Credit: Getty Images for Barbarians

When Ulster were courting Louis Ludik’s one-time University of Johannesburg team-mate Duane Vermeulen a few months back, the former Ravenhill favourite was relieved he wasn’t part of the delegation asked to make a pitch to the star Springbok who will pull on the white jersey for a first time in Clermont this evening.

While Bryn Cunningham has joked that he sold Vermeulen on the idea of Ulster with the promise of the world’s best golf courses and year-round sunshine, had the 35-year-old sought some local knowledge to deduce which of those pledges was fact and which fiction, it would have been a role reversal from over a decade prior.


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