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Ulster sign South African lock Franco van der Merwe
ESPN Staff
April 25, 2014

South African lock Franco van der Merwe has signed a two-year deal with Ulster which will start in the summer.

Van der Merwe, 31, won his only cap last year and has spent the last eight seasons playing for the Lions team in the Super Rugby competition. He will replace another South African, Johann Muller, who is retiring at the end of the season.

"I spoke with Johann Muller and Ruan Pienaar about Ulster and they had only good things to say," van der Merwe said. "That made the decision really easy for me."

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