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Ulster Rugby: South African Louis Ludik signs two-year deal at Ravenhill

South African fullback Louis Ludik has signed a two-year deal with Ulster Rugby.

The 27-year-old said he was excited to join the club which boasted "a great history and proud fans".

The former Sharks and Golden Lions back joins Ulster from French Pro D2 side Agen.

During his time with the Sharks he won two Currie Cups.

Speaking about his decision today he said he hoped to be "able to play a big role for Ulster over the next two seasons".

"I watched a few Ulster games this season and I was really impressed by the passion and character that the team showed," he siad.

"The Ulster backline is packed full of top international players and it will be a challenge for me to try and break into the team.

"However, driving yourself to be better is what top-class rugby is all about and I hope that with hard work and determination that I will be able to play a big role for Ulster over the next two seasons."

Ulster's director of rugby David Humphreys said he "looked forward to watching him [Ludik] make an impact both on and off the field in Ulster".

"With an increasing number of Ulster players involved in the Ireland international set-up it is important for us to continue to build a squad with strength in depth in all positions," he said.

“We look forward to welcoming Louis and Chamé to Belfast and, as with many of our overseas players, look forward to watching him make an impact both on and off the field in Ulster."

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