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IRFU Confirm Jack McGrath To Make Ulster Switch Next Season

Guinness Series, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 17/11/2018 Ireland vs New Zealand All Blacks Ireland's Jack McGrath with Aaron Smith of New Zealand Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

The IRFU have confirmed that Leinster prop Jack McGrath will be making the switch to Ulster from the start of the 2019/2020 season.

McGrath has struggled for form and fitness this season and was left out of the squad for Leinster’s Champions Cup Quarter-Final against Ulster on Saturday – the team he will become a part of next season.

The 29-year old is a strong addition to Dan McFarland’s side having played 54 times for Ireland as well as being included in the last Lions Tour of New Zealand.

The loosehead prop will be hoping that he can be a part of Joe Schmidt’s World Cup plans in Japan before his move to Ulster.

Wellington , New Zealand - 1 July 2017; British and Irish Lions players, from left, Liam Williams, Jack McGrath and Taulupe Faletau during the Second Test match between New Zealand All Blacks and the British & Irish Lions at Westpac Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

“This was a difficult decision but one I believe will put me in the best position to continue to perform at the top end of the game,” said McGrath.

“I have enjoyed a huge amount of success at Leinster but I feel that looking beyond the World Cup to the next phase of my career I will benefit from the opportunity within the Ulster environment.

“I am now fully fit after a disrupted start to the season and am looking forward to putting all my energy into helping Leinster’s drive to defend the European and Pro14 titles and finishing this season on a high.”

IRFU performance director David Nucifora added:

“Jack has made a very tough decision which he believes will advance his case for selection for Ireland.  You have to respect a player with such ambition.

“Leinster is a fantastic environment but it is testament to the work that all four provinces are doing that players are seeking opportunities within Ireland to advance their international careers.”

The move was also welcomed by Dan McFarland, Ulster’s Head Coach:

“We are delighted to be welcoming Jack on board next season, and it is hugely encouraging to see a player of his calibre express the desire to join us.

“Jack’s quality on the field is undoubtable, and his experience of playing at the highest level will be a hugely valuable asset to the club as we continue to develop a promising group of young forwards.”

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