Heineken Champions Cup contenders Ulster Rugby have announced that South Africa prop Steven Kitshoff will join the province from the DHL Stormers after the 2023 World Cup.

The 30-year-old has turned out 73 times for the Springboks and was part of the team that lifted the World Cup in 2019.

Kitshoff will stay with DHL Stormers for the remainder of this season and is set to be a key figure for the Cape Town-based side as they compete in the Heineken Champions Cup for the first time this season.

Though he has spent most of his career with DHL Stormers, Kitshoff had a stint with Union Bordeaux-Bègles between 2015 and 2017 in which he made seven appearances in EPCR’s elite competition.

Ulster head coach Dan McFarland told the Irish province’s official site: “We are excited that a player of Steven’s quality has chosen to be part of the journey we are on as a club.

“As one of the best players in his position in the game right now, he will bring a world-class edge to our front row which will benefit our squad now, and in the development of our younger players as they come through the Ulster system.

“His set piece excellence and the physical edge to his play will, together with his winning mindset, be a real asset to us when he joins us next season, and we look forward to welcoming him to the province.”

Kitshoff added: “It’s clear that Ulster is on an exciting journey, and it’s one that I want to be a part of. With some big wins recently, it’s my ambition to be part of the squad that takes that next step and secures silverware for the province.

“I’m really looking forward to making the move to Belfast next year. It’s going to be a change, but I know from everything I’ve heard that when I line out for the first time in front of a home crowd at Kingspan Stadium in an Ulster jersey, it’s going to be a really special moment.”