South African full-back Louis Ludik has agreed a two-year deal to join Ulster Rugby.
Louis Ludik, the 27 year-old former Sharks and Golden Lions back, has played 76 Super Rugby matches and joins Ulster from French Pro D2 side Agen.
He won two Currie Cups in his three-year spell with the Sharks and was included in the Springboks training squad in 2008.
Speaking about his decision to join Ulster, Ludik said: "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 back-line is packed full of top international players and it will be a challenge for me to try and break into the team.
"However, driving yourself to be better is what top class rugby is all about and I hope that with hard work and determination that I will be able to play a big role for Ulster over the next two seasons."
Ulster's director of rugby David Humphreys added: "With an increasing number of Ulster players involved in the Ireland international set-up it is important for us to continue to build a squad with strength in depth in all positions.
"Louis, as our final non-Irish eligible signing for 2014/15 season, will add quality and provide experience to our young back-line and his experience of northern Hemisphere rugby in France over the past season means he is well prepared for the challenges of European rugby.
"We look forward to welcoming Louis and Chamé to Belfast and, as with many of our overseas players, look forward to watching him make an impact both on and off the field in Ulster."
Connacht Rugby and the IRFU are pleased to announce the extended contract of Ireland international Kieran Marmion. The 23-year-old, who was first capped for Ireland in the summer of 2014, has put pen to paper on a new two-year contract with Connacht Rugby.
Ulster and Leinster were both beaten by English opposition in round 2 of the European Champions Cup, while Connacht kept up their winning form against Brive in the Challenge Cup. Munster's clash with Stade Francais was postponed.
Looking forward to the new GUINNESS PRO12 season, Connacht captain John Muldoon said: "We've a lot of younger guys who have big years ahead of them and a few big name signings who will hopefully be able to fit into the system and work hard among the ethos of Connacht Rugby."
Irish Rugby TV was at the launch of the GUINNESS PRO12 and we caught up with Jamie Heaslip, Pat Lam, John Muldoon, Matt O'Connor and Rory Sheridan of Diageo as the new sponsor gets ready to kick off an exciting season.
Out-half Dan Parks had a vital role in Connacht's historic Heineken Cup triumph in Toulouse, kicking two penalties, a drop goal and the touchline conversion of Kieran Marmion's try. He spoke to Rob Murphy after the game.
Rob Murphy caught up with Gavin Duffy after Connacht's inspirational defeat of Toulouse in the Heineken Cup, with the Mayo man giving an insight into how they produced such a high quality performance against the French giants.
Young scrum half Kieran Marmion was one of Connacht's star performers in their famous 16-14 Heineken Cup victory away to Toulouse, scoring a crucial second half try and picking up the man-of-the-match award.
Giving his reaction after Connacht's historic 16-14 win away to Toulouse, head coach Pat Lam said: "The belief's been there, we knew that this performance was not far away. To come here in a massive game with the side they put out is an unbelievable effort (from us) and I'm so proud of the guys."
Fergus McFadden, who helped to launch the Ulster Bank League awards in Dublin, spoke afterwards about his recovery from a fractured hand, previewed Leinster's back-to-back games against Northampton Saints and reflected on his involvement in the GUINNESS Series with Ireland.
Out-half Craig Ronaldson, who has made a successful transition from Ulster Bank League rugby with Lansdowne to a professional contract with Connacht, talks about the step up to this level of rugby, the importance of the league in providing game-time and a shop window for players and he also previews the province's back-to-back clashes with Toulouse.
Connacht head coach Pat Lam was proud of the performance his players produced in their 23-17 Heineken Cup defeat to Saracens, but he was left frustrated by some of referee Pascal Gauzere's decisions in a tight second half.
The Irish launch of the 2013/14 Heineken Cup took place in Dublin last week and Irish Rugby TV caught up with Sky Sports commentator Stuart Barnes to chat about his favourite Heineken Cup memories and get his thoughts on this season's tournament.