Zebre have announced today that they have signed Irish second-row Ian Nagle ahead of the 2019/20 season.
Nagle was one of seven players who Leinster announced will be departing the province but it remained to be seen where he would end up.
The 30-year-old has been on loan with Ulster since November where has made 11 appearances for Dan McFarland’s side but he will now be continuing his professional career outside of Ireland.
The experienced Cork man has had spells with Munster, Leinster and Ulster in addition to stints in England with the Newcastle Falcons and London Irish.
“I am very happy to have accepted the proposal of the Zebras and I look forward to working together with my new coaches and companions,” Nagle said in a statement (via google translate).
Very grateful to everyone involved @leinsterrugby and @UlsterRugby for the past 3 years. Two clubs whose cultures are based on good people. Looking forward to a new challenge @ZebreRugby for the season ahead ??
— Ian Nagle (@iannagle) May 24, 2019
“It is a very important moment for the future of Italian rugby: the Zebras have a very ambitious plan, being part of it will give me a special charge. I have always been positively impressed by the great passion of Italian rugby players and fans. The purposeful and attacking game set by the technical staff is certainly very stimulating for every player.”