Muller handed Ulster captaincy
Springbok Johann Muller is to take over as Ulster club captain for the coming season.
The popular Muller takes up the cudgel from Rory Best, who will take a sabbatical from the leadership role as it is expected he will be heavily involved with the Ireland squad at the World Cup.
Muller joined Ulster from the Sharks at the start of last season and, after making his Ulster debut against the Ospreys in the opening round of the league, went on to make 25 appearances.
"It's a great honour for me and I'm really excited and looking forward to a great challenge this season," said Muller, who will assist the Ulster coaching team in respect of forward play now that Jeremy Davidson was surprisingly ditched at the end of last season.
"I think it's going to be a much tougher season, a lot of pressure and a lot of responsibility as well and I'm excited about that. I enjoy the leadership role."
Muller had spent the last month with the 49-man Springbok World Cup squad before heading back to Belfast last week after he picked up a hamstring injury.
"Injury-wise, I'm feeling great now," said Muller. "I'm starting to run again, but it might take a little bit of time to get back to full fitness at my age, but I'm feeling great, really fresh and can't wait to get into some of the physical stuff."