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Ulster sign Leinster lock Ian Nagle on loan deal until end of season

By Adam McKendry

Ulster have agreed to take Leinster second row Ian Nagle on loan until the end of the season to help bolster their squad.

The 30-year old will join up with the squad this week to provide support to a back five of the scrum that has been hit hard by recent retirements and injury call-ups.

Pete Browne, Jean Deysel and Chris Henry have all called time on their careers in the past couple of months, while Iain Henderson is away with Ireland for the Autumn Internationals.

Cork man Nagle, an experienced operator, started out with his home province of Munster where he spent four years and earned call-ups to the Emerging Ireland and Irish Wolfhounds squads.

The former Ireland Under-20s player moved across the water to Newcastle Falcons on a loan deal before taking a break from the game at the end of the 2013-14 season.

He returned to play for London Irish in 2016 before getting a move back to Ireland with Leinster, where he found opportunities limited.

Nagle should provide plenty of competition within the squad for the rest of the season, with Ulster's Operations Director Bryn Cunningham excited to get the second row bedded in.

"We are delighted to have Ian on board for the remainder of the season," said Cunningham. "With the recent retirements from our squad, we clearly needed extra cover in the second row department.

"To get someone of Ian’s experience and quality, who is Irish-qualified and available at this stage of the season, is extremely pleasing."

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