Friday 13 December 2019

Marty Moore's Leinster departure in doubt following Joe Schmidt intervention


Marty Moore
Marty Moore
Marty Moore's move to Wasps is now in doubt as Schmidt steps in. Photo: Seb Daly / Sportsfile
Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Marty Moore's move to Wasps is in doubt as the tighthead prop reconsiders his next move.

It is understood that an intervention from Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt and scrum coach Greg Feek may have persuaded the 24-year-old to remain at Leinster despite agreeing terms with the Premiership club ahead of the two teams' meeting in Coventry on Saturday.

Convincing the 10-times-capped prop to stay would represent a coup for both the province and the IRFU in the wake of confirmation of Ian Madigan's departure for Bordeaux.

It would bolster Leo Cullen's front-row resources, with Mike Ross signed on for another season, with Tadhg Furlong and Michael Bent also penning two-year deals until 2018.

However, they still face a fight to keep some of their other internationals as the threat from the cash-rich English clubs, boosted by the strength of sterling against the euro, remains very real.

Dave Kearney is in demand with three clubs from across the Irish Sea expressing an interest in signing the Ireland winger as he contemplates the offer on the table from Leinster.

Like Moore, international ambitions could sway the 26-year-old, who is not being offered a central contract, in the face of a more lucrative move away.

Both players are expected to be named in Joe Schmidt's 35- or 36-strong squad for the Six Nations which is due to be announced this afternoon.

The head coach is not expected to have too many surprises in his selection, with Stuart McCloskey, Ultan Dillane and CJ Stander the likely new faces with Garry Ringrose an outside bet for a squad place.

Schmidt is also due to name his captain for the upcoming campaign, with Rory Best the strong favourite to be chosen to succeed Paul O'Connell as captain ahead of Johnny Sexton, Jamie Heaslip and Sean O'Brien.

The Ireland supremo will be hoping for good news on Robbie Henshaw this week as the Connacht centre nears a return to action. The 22-year-old will meet with a specialist to review progress on his broken hand on Friday and could feature against Enisei-STM on Saturday.

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