Friday 23 March 2018

Wasp Moore wants to stay in Ireland picture

Marty Moore has signed for Ulster
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Marty Moore hopes moving to Wasps will not hinder his Test career with Ireland.

The 25-year-old tighthead is finally fit after six months battling hamstring trouble, and gearing up for the Aviva Premiership challenge.

Ireland's performance director David Nucifora has warned the country's top stars will be at a "disadvantage" for Test selection if plying their trade abroad.

Ian Madigan was overlooked for the South Africa tour after joining Bordeaux, but ex-Leinster front-rower Moore hopes Ireland bosses look on his move to England more favourably.

"Ireland selection hasn't really been spoken of, with the fact I've been injured as well," Moore said. "So it hasn't come up, there haven't been chances where I've been playing and there's been a selection issue. It hasn't raised its head yet.

"But I think this is a great club and a great competition. And hopefully if I'm in a position where I'm playing for the club I'll be in just as good a position to put my hand up for selection internationally.

"I'm not a million miles away from Dublin at the moment. But we'll have to see how the season goes.

"I think I've just got to play my rugby week-in week-out here, and the rest is just up to who's in charge.

"I think England can maybe be viewed a little differently from France in perhaps the control, just what's expected week-in, week-out from the clubs."

Irish Independent

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