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Ulster sign Billy Burns replacement from New Zealand

By Jon Newcombe
(Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

Irish-qualified fly-half Aidan Morgan will join Ulster from the Hurricanes on a two-year deal ahead of next season.


The move was first touted in our Fissler Confidential transfer column a fortnight ago and has now been confirmed by the province.

The 22-year-old is Ulster’s second signing of the close season after Werner Kok agreed to a move from the Sharks and will offset the loss of Billy Burns to Munster.

Morgan, whose grandfather was born in Belfast and is eligible for Ireland, has played 23 games for the Hurricanes in Super Rugby but has only appeared three times this year, against the Rebels, Fijian Drua, when he suffered a horrific facial wound, and Moana Pasifika.


An 89% kicker this season, having only missed two of his 18 shots at goal, Morgan says he is delighted to play a part in a new Ulster era under new head coach Richie Murphy.

Morgan said: “I’m really looking forward to making the move to Belfast this summer, and getting the opportunity to represent Ulster and the birthplace of my grandfather.

“I know that Ulster is steeped in history, and I’m looking forward to being a part of the atmosphere at Kingspan Stadium. I’m really excited for the opportunity to be a part of a talented team, and to play in front of the club’s passionate supporters.


“It’s a great time to be joining Ulster. I’m excited to play alongside a very skilful squad under Richie [Murphy, head coach] and the coaching team’s vision for the future.”



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Cheers 28 days ago

Conspiracy theory maybe just maybe Razor is allowing these players to gain oveasea’s IP for a couple years then bring it back before the next world cup…….

Tim 29 days ago

The Irish development system running as well as we're being lead to believe?

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Mzilikazi 2 hours ago
Is Ireland versus South Africa a battle for the title of ‘world champions’?

Very good article, Nic, and I find agreement with what you write virtually 100%. I think this two mach series has increasingly become one which will be very difficult for Ireland to win. After the first game of the last 6N, I would have been very full of confidence taking on the Boks in SA. France beaten by a big margin in France, it looked as if Ireland had emerged in fine form from the World Cup, despite the very narrow loss to the AB’s. But after that game, a slide began, ending with the defeat to England. Ireland were very fortunate to win this years 6N ! And as you so fully expose, this has not been a good season for Leinster, or indeed, in my view, for any Irish province. The Leinster loos to the Bulls, and then Munster letting a glorious chance slip to the Glasgow Warriors down at Thomond. Man, that one will really hurt. And both Connacht and Ulster have at times looked very poor this seaso, bith heavily beaten on occassion. The loss of both Gibson Park and Keenan are huge blows, especially Gibson Park. And there is really only one clear class 10 in the touring party, Jack Crowley, and he is still a very young player learning his trade. If he goes down, heaven help Ireland. And in my view, Ireland do not have a good scrummaging front row, SA do, and in great depth too. But despite all this doom and gloom, I always believe my team can win. Not that they will win, just can ! Ireland will still field what is the best and most talented team overall that I have seen in my lifetime. But the coaching group will really have to step up, no awful decisions like the one made against the AB’s in the QF….keeping the totally spent and poorly performing(on the day) Sexton on for the full 80mins, leaving Crowley on the sidelines. Ireland should never have lost that game !

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Shaylen 5 hours ago
Is Ireland versus South Africa a battle for the title of ‘world champions’?

Ireland have all the tools required to hurt SA. They develop quick ball, hold onto the ball for long periods, stretch the game when its on, have powerful mobile forwards, a good kicking game and they can hold their own in the scrum. They also can force turnovers regularly and in general do well at the breakdown. When Munster, the Ospreys and Glasgow all won games in SA this year against the Bulls and Stormers they did just that and won. It is also the reason why Ireland won the game at the world cup last year. The problem for Ireland is that SA have all the tools required to hurt them as well and hurt them a great deal more than England did in the Six Nations. They are physical and powerful at the set piece, they rush up and counter the Irish attacking system and they can really attack the breakdown and slow your ball down. Their counterattacking threat is also a big weapon and they score many tries from turnover turning defence into offence in a second. Toulouse and the Bulls nailed Leinster in this way and Glasgow did the same thing to Munster. So the series will be really interesting because both sides are so good at countering each other. Interested to see what kind of surprises Tony Brown springs and how the SA game develops. Feel like SA have more potential to surprise Ireland but then a new coaching set up as well as the fact that Japanese and foreign based players tend to take about 5 to 6 weeks to get up to speed might work in Irelands favour. SA have shipped at least one game in 4 of the last 5 June/July test windows going back to 2018 for this exact reason.

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