Thursday 14 December 2017

Ulster finally reel in Shark Muller

Ulster have nailed down giant Sharks and Springbok lock Johann Muller, who will arrive at the province at the end of the Super 14 series.

It was well known that Muller was on Ulster's radar for a number of weeks but, having obtained his release from Currie Cup obligations for the Durban-based Sharks, Muller was free to join up with his good friend and former colleague BJ Botha.

"My family and I are really looking forward to our new life in Ulster, and reuniting with my old friend BJ and his family," said Muller, who has won 23 caps for South Africa, the last against the Lions during the summer.

David Humphreys travelled over to Durban before Christmas to meet Muller and he was immediately struck with his determined attitude and his desire to take his career forward.

"Johann is a superb line-out specialist and respected captain. He will add a hard edge to a pack that, under Brian McLaughlin and Jeremy Davidson, has become increasingly competitive," said Humphreys.

The 29-year-old Muller stands six foot seven and, was a member of the South African World Cup squad, He 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.

Meanwhile, Edinburgh captain Mike Blair has ended speculation over his future by signing a new two-year contract. The 28-year-old scrum-half said: "I'm excited about playing a part in the continuing progress and development of Edinburgh."

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