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Signing of international prop is a 'massive boost' for Ulster, says Les Kiss

Former Leinster prop Marty Moore has agreed a deal to join Ulster next summer.

Tighthead Moore, who joined Wasps in 2016, has agreed a two-year deal to return to Ireland and will hope to reignite his international career.

The 26-year-old won 10 international caps and was part of Ireland's Six Nations title-winning squads in 2014 and 2015 before moving to Wasps last year.

Moore knows all about Ulster's coaching set-up, having worked with Director of Rugby Les Kiss at Ireland and Head Coach Jono Gibbes at Leinster. He earned 58 caps during a four year spell in the Leinster senior side and has made 34 appearances for Wasps so far, including when Ulster beat the English side 19-9 at Kingspan Stadium last month.

Moore said: "I'm really looking forward to the challenge of playing for Ulster and it will be brilliant to have the opportunity to work with a few familiar faces. I know a number of the players pretty well and they speak very highly of the professionalism of the club and the ambition that it has.

"I've thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Wasps so far and I've learned a lot from playing in the Premiership against some quality front row combinations. I feel that experience will benefit me massively when I get over to Belfast next summer.”

Ulster's Director of Rugby Les Kiss is looking forward to welcoming Moore into his squad: "This is a massive boost to our programme for next season and I must commend Bryn (Operations Director, Bryn Cunningham) for getting this deal tied up so early," he said.

"Marty is someone that I know well from his time with the national side and he's already proven that he's an international-quality player. He's a strong scrum and lineout operator, but he also makes positive contributions around the park and that is increasingly important in the modern game.

"At only 26 years of age, I believe that Marty has the potential to get even better and I know that he has the hunger and work ethic to do that. He's determined to earn a starting position in a competitive environment here at Ulster, and also put himself back in contention for Ireland selection off the back of strong performances for us.

"The signing of Marty adds further quality and depth to our senior squad, while we are continuing to invest in our Academy programme, where 13 of the 19 young players are forwards.”

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