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Ulster fill Non-Irish Eligible quota with signing of fullback Louis Ludik

So it looks like their rumoured pursuit of Stuart Hogg is at an end.

Ludik in action during a Super XV win for the Sharks over the Rebels in 2011.
Ludik in action during a Super XV win for the Sharks over the Rebels in 2011.
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ULSTER’S RUMOURED INTEREST in out-of-favour Glasgow fullback Stuart Hogg would appear to be over today as the province announce the signing of Louis Ludik from Pro Div 2 side Agen on a two-year contract.

The South African fullback made it to the fringes of the South African national team during three years with the Sharks, a period which brought two Currie Cup medals his way.

“With an increasing number of Ulster players involved in the Ireland international setup it is important for us to continue to build a squad with strength in depth in all positions,” said Director of Rugby David Humphreys.

“Louis, as our final Non Irish Eligible signing for 2014/15 season, will add quality and provide experience to our young backline and his experience of Northern Hemisphere rugby in France over the past season means he is well prepared for the challenges of European rugby.”

Ludik, 27, added: “When I heard that there might be a chance to join Ulster I was very excited as it is a Province with a great history and proud fans.

“I watched a few Ulster games this season and I was really impressed by the passion and character that the team showed. The Ulster backline is packed full of top international players and it will be a challenge for me to try and break into the team.”

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