Bok lock inks new Ulster deal

Date published: January 27 2016

South African lock Franco van der Merwe will stay on with Pro 12 team Ulster after signing a one-year extension contract.

The 32-year-old has captained Ulster on a number of occasions and has made 42 appearances for the Irish province.

The second-rower first arrived in Belfast on a two-year contract in 2013, after having represented the Lions and the Sharks at Super Rugby level. He also earned one Springbok cap during the 2013 Rugby Championship against New Zealand.

Van der Merwe will feature alongside Kieran Treadwell,  after the Irish lock swapped Harlequins for Ulster on a two-year deal, following the departure of fellow lock Lewis Stevenson to English Premiership side, Exeter Chiefs.