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Going on this tweet, we can assume Ross Moriarty is leaving Gloucester

By Ian Cameron
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Speculation is mounting that Welsh backrow Ross Moriarty is going to be signing a new contract, and not with current club Gloucester.

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Odds are on him returning to Wales with one of the regions, the Newport based Dragons being the hot favourites.

Moriarty added to that speculation last night with a Tweet aimed firmly at his current employers.

The Tweet came after he retweeted a link to a story on Gloucestershire Live which quoted Gloucester Coach Johann Ackermann responding to rumours that Moriarty was returning to Wales.

Ackermann said: “I must be honest Ross hasn’t spoken to me at all, he hasn’t even come and seen me at any stage discussing contracts or what are his future plans, or where he wants to be and why he wants to go etcetera.

“If he doesn’t come and speak with me I can’t help him or comment on where I think he must be.

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“I only know that Wales sides are chasing him but I know also that the club want to keep him so it’s up to him to make decisions but at this stage he didn’t include me in that decision-making.”

It is understood that the WRU want him back on their books have tabled a huge deal to make it happen. The Welsh backrow
is looking at a potential offer in the range of £450k-£525k, funded using a National Dual Contract. This would see the WRU effectively paying 60 per cent of his salary.

While he could likely demand a more lucrative deal at a Top 14 or Premiership club, the added incentive of playing for Wales is thought to be enough of a draw to see the 6’1, 106kg flanker lured to Wales.

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