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Ulster set to sign Leinster flanker Jordi Murphy next summer: reports

By Gareth Hanna

Ulster will land Leinster backrow Jordi Murphy next summer, according to reports emerging this morning.

The Irish Times has reported that the 26-year-old is ready to end his seven-year spell at Leinster to join his former team-mate Marty Moore and ex-coach Jono Gibbes at Kingspan Stadium.

Murphy has made 95 appearances for Leinster and has earned 18 caps for Ireland, the most recent coming against Fiji last month.

Murphy faces strong competition for his place in Leinster's line-up with the likes of Sean O'Brien, Rhys Ruddock, Dan Leavy, Josh van der Flier and Jack Conan all vying for a starting spot.

And with Peter O'Mahony's future now uncertain, the move could come as welcome news to Ireland coach Joe Schmidt.

Murphy played in all five of Ireland's Six Nations fixtures in 2016 and scored the opening try during the historic victory over the All Blacks in Chicago.

Disaster was soon to follow as an anterior cruciate ligament injury put him on the sidelines for 10 months until he returned to Leinster action against Southern Kings in September.

He has made nine appearances for Leinster this season, scoring two tries, most recently in the 10-36 win in Benetton last weekend.

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