Terblanche cleared to play for Ulster
Published 06/12/2011 | 05:00
Ulster's short-term signing Stefan Terblanche finally arrived in the province after a six-week wait for the thumbs-up from the UK Border Agency.
The former Springbok wing/full-back was signed on a three-month deal as cover for New Zealander Jared Payne who underwent Achilles tendon surgery last month after only one full appearance for Ulster.
Terblanche will be named in Ulster's provisional squad today ahead of Friday's Heineken Cup clash against Aironi. It is likely that he will named on the match-day squad and make his first appearance from the bench.
The 36-year-old Terblanche was met at the airport by his good friend and former Sharks colleague Johann Muller, and said he is looking forward to the challenge.
"Now I'm here, I'm looking forward to getting stuck in," said Terblanche, who played 37 times for South Africa.
"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."
Elsewhere, London Irish have announced that winger Topsy Ojo has signed a new two-year deal with the Aviva Premiership club.
The 26-year-old has agreed fresh terms that will keep him at the Exiles until at least the end of the 2013/2014 season.
Ojo has scored 56 tries in 145 appearances for Irish. He was part of the Churchill Cup-winning England Saxons team during the summer.