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Ulster is the right fit for me, insists Marty Moore


Training hard: new signing Marty Moore is feeling happy about his decision to leave Wasps for Ulster
Training hard: new signing Marty Moore is feeling happy about his decision to leave Wasps for Ulster

By Michael Sadlier

New signing Marty Moore has stated that Ulster is the "right fit" for him as the tight-head prop settles down to playing and living on this side of the Irish Sea again after his stint with Wasps.

And the former Leinster player - who has also won 10 caps for Ireland - will be quickly reacquainted with his former team-mates at Wasps as Ulster will play their final pre-season friendly at the Ricoh Arena on Friday, August 24.

Moore (27) spent two seasons at Wasps after joining up with the Premiership squad in the summer of 2016 and, as such, has been unable to add to his haul of Ireland caps, with his last appearance coming in the win over Scotland which secured back-to-back Six Nations titles in 2015.

Moore is one of Ulster's supposedly marquee signings - the other being Jordi Murphy - for the forthcoming season and he will doubtless be hoping to reclaim a place in the Irish squad, though Tadhg Furlong clearly has the No.3 shirt nailed down at present.

"I enjoyed my time in the Premiership," said Moore, who was with Ulster when their punishing pre-season training got under way this week in searing heat.

"It was a good rugby and life experience (at Wasps) but, when the opportunity arose to make the move back (to Ireland), for rugby reasons it made sense and for family reasons it made sense as well.

"It wasn't something that was planned a long time in advance but when the opportunity arose it was the right fit.

"After being here a few days and training I'm definitely happy that I made the right decision and that I'm in the right place."

In terms of familiar faces, Moore knows many of the Ulster squad either having played with them for Ireland at full level or at under-age, as well as against them while with Leinster and Wasps.

"Craig Gilroy only lives up the road from me now and we've played together since I think we were about 15 or 16," said Moore, who has signed a two-year deal at Kingspan Stadium.

"It's a new club and a new environment but I've either played with or played against most of the guys here so that makes it a lot easier."

And as for the pre-season work, currently being undertaken without a head coach overseeing matters and other key backroom staff, Moore is up for it.

He added: "They've really thrown us in at the deep end, but as a squad I think we've coped pretty well."

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