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Stormers keen to utilise new lock in Ulster showdown: 'He has massive experience'

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New recruit Ruben van Heerden could be in the thick of things when the Stormers tackle Ulster in a URC clash in Belfast on Friday.The 25-year-old lock joined the Stormers from Exeter Chiefs last week on a short-term deal, with a view to signing a longer contract in the future."It's always nice when a new lock comes into the system, especially one with Ruben's quality," forwards coach Rito Hlungwani told reporters on Tuesday. "He is 2 metres tall and 120kg.

He's played for the Bulls, the Sharks and Exeter Chiefs, so he has massive experience."We spoke briefly and we had a long call last week.

We had a good chat about the expectations, but I must say the one thing that strikes me about him is that he is just a humble good guy."READ | 5 out of 5 qualifiers: Who the SA franchises will play in the European knockoutsHlungwani also noted that Van Heerden's versatility in the engine room would be an asset. "He's coming to fill in at No 4 and can also play at No 5 as well.

Our pack thrives on physicality and a high level of intelligence when it comes to lineouts. We want Ruben to get comfortable as soon as possible and show what a good player he is."I always encourage the No 4 locks and No 7 flanks to get comfortable with calling the lineouts.

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