South Africa international centre Jean de Villiers has committed his future to double Heineken Cup winners Munster and will join the Irish province at the end of the Tri-Nations.
The 28-year-old is expected to join up with his new teammates in September just in time to be available for selection for Munster's Heineken Cup opener on the weekend of 9/10/11 October.
The 2008 South African Player of the Year started his professional rugby career with the Western Province before moving to the Stormers in 2005, where he played 91 games and scored 115 points and was named as Club captain.
The inside centre made his international debut for the Springboks in 2002 against France going on to win 48 caps for his country and scoring 17 international tries.
As part of the build-up to next month's Cardiff 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals weekend, ERC has joined forces with the WRU, Cardiff Blues and adidas to develop an annual grassroots community rugby programme targeting young players.
The Ulster Rugby full back, Jared Payne (No 15), has been suspended for two (2) weeks following an independent Disciplinary Hearing in Dublin arising from the Heineken Cup quarter-final match against Saracens at Ravenhill Stadium on Saturday, 5 April.