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Marty Moore leaving Wasps to return to Ireland

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Marty Moore

Wasps have today confirmed that Marty Moore will join Ulster Rugby next season.

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Moore arrived at Wasps in the summer of 2016, after earning 58 caps for his province Leinster, and will return to the Pro 14 after two seasons in the Aviva Premiership. Moore has made 34 appearances in black and gold to date.

The 26-year-old tighthead prop has won 10 caps for Ireland since making his debut against Scotland in the 2014 RBS 6 Nations Championship and was part of Ireland’s 2014 and 2015 Six Nations title-winning squads.

A return to the Pro 14 will enable Moore to put himself in a better position to further his international ambitions with Ireland.

Speaking of the move, Wasps’ Director of Rugby Dai Young said: “We understand Marty’s desire to increase his chances of an Ireland re-call, being back over in the Pro 14 and we will wish him the very best when he leaves to join Ulster Rugby.

“Unfortunately, a few injuries have meant that Marty hasn’t quite been able to produce the run of performances we know he’s capable of, but hopefully if he stays fit there will be plenty more to come from him over the next few seasons. I have no doubt that he will give everything he can to Wasps for the remainder of the season.”

On the news, Marty Moore added, “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Wasps so far and I’ve learned a lot from playing in the Premiership against some quality front row combinations. I feel that experience has benefited my game massively and I’m looking forward to playing as big a part as I can for Wasps for the rest of the season.

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“Next season, I will look forward to the challenge of playing for Ulster and having the opportunity to work with a few familiar faces. Until then my focus will be on what we can achieve at Wasps this season.”

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