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Ross Moriarty exits Dragons with 'immediate effect'

By Ian Cameron
Ross Moriarty of Dragons during the United Rugby Championship match between Leinster and Dragons at RDS Arena in Dublin. (Photo By Tyler Miller/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

In a shock move, Wales international Ross Moriarty has walked away from Dragons RFC with ‘immediate effect’ to take up a playing opportunity abroad.

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Moriarty is to join Top 14 strugglers Brive in France.

The no-nonsense back row joined the Dragons in 2018 and has made 54 appearances since, racking up 35 caps for Wales during the period.

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The former England U20s star “has agreed terms with a club outside of Wales” and will join them for the remainder of the 2023/24 season and beyond.

Dai Flanagan, Head Coach of Dragons RFC, said: “We’re obviously disappointed to be losing a player of the quality of Ross after we offered him the best possible terms we could to remain with us.

“I have always enjoyed a strong relationship with Ross and would like to thank him for his honesty and professionalism throughout what I know has been a difficult decision for him.

“Ross has made a huge impact at Dragons over the last five seasons, captaining the side on several occasions, giving absolutely everything to the cause and being a fantastic role model to the younger players around him.

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“Ross and his young family now have a new opportunity overseas and they leave us with our very best wishes for the future. He will always be welcomed back at Rodney Parade.”

Ross Moriarty said of the move: “I’m sad to be leaving Dragons RFC after five seasons in Newport, but this is an opportunity that I feel I have to take at this time for myself and my young family.

“I leave with many happy memories of my time as a Dragon, and I have made lifelong friends within the squad.

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“I’d like to thank everyone involved with the club for their support, especially Dai Flanagan for his understanding with the decision I have made.

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“I’ve always loved playing at Rodney Parade in front of the passionate and dedicated fanbase and look forward to returning to see the Dragons in action in the future.

“I’ll continue to follow the fortunes of Dragons very closely and do believe the future is bright. There is a huge amount of exciting young talent within the squad and Dai’s vision is one I am confident will succeed.”

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