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Josh Murphy becomes latest Leinster forward to up sticks

By Ian Cameron
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Leinster utility forward Josh Murphy has become the latest forward to head to the exit, with Connacht confirming his signing.

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The 6’6, 110kg 26-year-old joins Andy Friend’s side on a two-year deal. Murphy had struggled to get consistent game time at the province, where head coach Leo Cullen is struggling to juggle a roster full of backrow and secondrow talent. Principally a flanker, he is among of number of Leinster players who can play second row that are assessing their options.

Academy lock Jack Dunne appears to be heading to Gallagher Premiership heavyweights Exeter Chiefs while, as first reported by RugbyPass, Charlie Ryan is also on the shopping list of a number of English clubs.

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“At this stage of my career I feel it is time to try and contribute to a new environment and hopefully try and put my hand up to get out on the pitch every week. Playing matches regularly is what I love about this sport” said Murphy.

“Andy Friend, and his coaching team, are building something special in the West and you can see that in the brand of rugby they play.

“When the time comes, I’ll look forward to a new chapter and it is one that I am really excited about.”

Friend described Murphy’s arrival as a ‘boost’.

“Josh has all the attributes to be an important Connacht player for the next two seasons. Physically he’s very strong on and off the ball and coupled with an excellent skill set he is a player that very much suits our playing style.

“We’re delighted he’s chosen to come to Connacht and help add to the excellent squad we are already building here.”

Leinster appear set to sign one cap Springbok Jason Jenkins from Munster. The 6’7, 125kg lock who can play in the backrow has appeared just a handful of times for Munster since joining them from the Bulls a year ago.

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