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Ulster confirm Muller signing


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news, Sharks on 3 Feb 2010 at 13:46
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Ulster Rugby is delighted to announce the signing of South African international lock Johann Muller on a two year contract.

Christine McNally reports for www.ulsterrugby.com.

Muller will arrive in the province at the end of the 2010 Super 14 competition, and will join-up with the Ulster Squad on 1st July.

One of the leading lock forwards in South Africa, Muller (29) currently plays for the Natal Sharks and has represented the Springboks on 23 occasions, his final appearance being against the British and Irish Lions during last summer’s Tour.

Standing at 6’7″and 114kg, the Mossel Bay born powerhouse made his provincial debut for the Sharks in 2003, going on to make his Super 14 debut against the Hurricanes later that season. Muller was awarded his first Springbok cap against Scotland in 2006, captained South Africa against New Zealand in 2007 and also appeared in the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France.

Johann Muller has made over 130 appearances for the Sharks and captained the side during the 2008 and 2009 Super 14 competition. He also led the Sharks to Currie Cup victory in 2008.

Commenting on Ulster Rugby’s first new signing ahead of the 2010/2011 season, Director of Rugby Operations, David Humphreys, said: “Ulster Rugby is looking forward to welcoming another world class South African forward to Belfast for the next 2 seasons.

“A lineout specialist and respected captain, Johann will add a hard edge to a pack that, under Brian McLaughlin and Jeremy Davidson, has become increasingly competitive over the past few months.

” A lot has been spoken about the potential and the youth of this current Ulster squad and we are committed to signing foreign players who, like Johann, have the ability to improve our performances on the pitch but also help develop these young players into Ulster and Ireland stars of the next decade.”

Speaking about his move to Ulster, Johann Muller remarked: “My family (wife Mariska and 1 year old daughter Anja) and I are really looking forward to our new life in Ulster, and reuniting with my old friend BJ (Botha) and his family.

“I am very excited by this opportunity to play for a club with such a rich rugby tradition and awesome support.

“My 12 years with the Sharks in Durban, have been unforgettable and I know that my years at Ulster have many more wonderful memories in store for me. I would like to thank my current CEO Brian van Zyl, and his management, for their support in my decision and to David Humphreys for inviting me to Ulster and portraying the passion of the club. I look forward to meeting you all in July at Ravenhill.”



9 Comments

  • sniff sniff.

    Go well, Joe. We’ll miss you

  • Comment 1, posted at 03.02.10 14:01:32 by robdylan Reply
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  • I wish You the best of luck for the future, but I hope you will get us that S14 silverware first.

  • Comment 2, posted at 03.02.10 14:10:18 by Jarson's (X + V) Reply
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  • When will we be getting confirmation about BJ?

  • Comment 3, posted at 03.02.10 14:12:31 by Jarson's (X + V) Reply
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  • his experience and leadership will be missed, not good

  • Comment 4, posted at 03.02.10 14:29:30 by war1 Reply
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  • @Jarson’s (X + V) (Comment 3) : I wish I knew which way that one was going to go. Ulster are talking as though he’s definitely staying, but then again they probably would.

    I see nothing came of Brian’s “we can only ratify Johann’s release at our board meeting in March” story…

  • Comment 5, posted at 03.02.10 14:34:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Jarson’s (X + V) (Comment 3) : ‘Speaking about his move to Ulster, Johann Muller remarked: “My family (wife Mariska and 1 year old daughter Anja) and I are really looking forward to our new life in Ulster, and reuniting with my old friend BJ (Botha) and his family.’

    From this comment it does not appear that BJ plans to leave Ulster, or certainly not for the upcoming CC season. Hopefully for next year’s Super 14.

  • Comment 6, posted at 03.02.10 14:35:52 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : something fishy going on there, but im sure they’ll let him go, they always let the guys go overseas if they want to :evil:

  • Comment 7, posted at 03.02.10 14:37:22 by war1 Reply
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  • @Jarson’s (X + V) (Comment 3) : As I understand it, if BJ were to come it would only be after the Super 14 and then he`d be drafted straight into the bok setup so we won`t be able to use him.

    Maybe we`ll save some money if he doesn`t come to us at all.

  • Comment 8, posted at 03.02.10 14:46:30 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • The buzz on Keo is that Jean de Villiers wants to come back to SA sometime.

    But with the Stormers` multitude of mid field talent it might not be wise for Snorre to allow him to go there.

    Suggestion is that he comes to the Sharks!

    But yeah, I know I know, it`ll never happen.

    Can you imagine :

    Beast, Bismarck, Smit, Botes, Sykes, Hargreaves, Deysel, Kankow ( cause lets face it, it doesn`t look as if Saru will let us have Alberts ) McLeod, JP, Monty/Meyer, JDV ( vice Captain ), Murray, Odwa and Oupa . ..

    Then bring Jannie on for Beast in the second half and move Smit to loose head maybe to accommodate all the contractual clauses . .

    Not too shabby if they all pitch up on the day . . .

  • Comment 9, posted at 03.02.10 15:00:55 by Original Pierre Reply
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