Ulster Rugby have announced thee signing of Wasps’ prop Marty Moore on a two year deal this morning.

The former Leinster player will join the province at the end of the season as Les Kiss looks to add strength and depth to his options in the front row.

The former Castleknock schoolboy made 58 first team appearances before leaving Leinster in 2016 for the Coventry side and has so far featured 25 times for Aviva Premiership runners up. Moore was a replacement for their final match against Exeter last season.

Marty Moore made his Ireland debut in a Six Nations clash against Scotland in 2014 and went on to win a further nine caps. In his ten caps with Ireland he won both 2014 and 2015 Six Nation titles.

Moore came off the bench to play 12 minutes in Wasps’ 19-9 defeat to Ulster in last month’s European Champions Cup clash.

Injury Record

It’s been worryingly unlucky that Ulster have signed players in recent times that have had their Ulster career marred by injuries, so here’s a quick injury profile of Marty Moore:

October 2014 – 12 weeks out due to a “bang to the shoulder”

April 2015 – Required surgery on the same shoulder that was injured in October 2014. Didn’t play again that season

January 2016 – Ruled out of Six Nations after suffering a torn hamstring.

October 2016 – stretchered off in an Aviva Premiership match against Newcastle Falcons with a neck injury but it was not as serious as first feared.

What will Marty Moore bring to Ulster?

Highly regarded by England and Wasps’ star Joe Launchbury, Marty Moore is a renowned scrummager and ball carrier. As Moore is Irish-qualified it allows Les Kiss to use his designated non-Irish qualified (NIQ) spots to strengthen other positions of concern.

Moore is a healthy addition to an improving front row unit. Kyle McCall, has made the loosehead jersey his own while Wiehahn Herbst is recapturing his form of a couple of seasons ago. Although he has improved this season, Rodney Ah You has not made the impact in Ulster that was expected and has only mustered one start this season.

Currently out of the international picture with him making his last appearance in 2015. Moore will battle it out with Tadhg Furlong for the tighthead jersey, however with Furlong at the top of his game, I doubt Moore will oust Ireland’s current tighthead. It is too early to predict whether Joe Schmidt will include him in his Irish panel as soon as he returns to the island particularly with the emergence of Finlay Bealham and Andrew Porter.

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