Ulster Rugby are expected to announce two new signings this week.

One is the much anticipated BJ Botha who, according to our sources, has already placed his dog in quarantine in anticipation of his move to Europe. Botha has also attracted the interest of Toulouse but it is believed that Ulster are still favourites.

The second is a big name Australian International who it is believed Ulster have been able to secure with the help of local businessmen and Justin Harrison.

Other sources however point to a couple of big name New Zealanders woth Nick Evans being mentioned in a couple of Irish papers.

If any of these signings go ahead as expected they should add a real hard edge to the team next year.