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December 6 2017 10:06 AM
Leinster have confirmed the news that Ireland flanker Jordi Murphy will join provincial rivals Ulster next season.
Murphy has seen himself fall down the pecking order at Leinster after returning from the serious knee injury he suffered in the historic win over the All Blacks in Chicago.
Sean O'Brien, Rhys Ruddock, Dan Leavy, Josh van der Flier and Jack Conan all stand between Murphy and a starting berth.
The 26-year-old back row has played 95 times for Leinster scoring 17 tries since his debut in September 2011.
Speaking to leinsterrugby.ie this morning, Leinster Rugby Head Coach Leo Cullen said, "Jordi is a hugely talented player and a very popular member within our squad.
"It is to his enormous credit that he has come back as strong as he has from his knee injury last year in Ireland's famous win over the All Blacks in Chicago.
"We respect Jordi's decision to move and everyone at Leinster wishes him the very best with his future.”
For his part Murphy said, "I've loved my time at Leinster and have made friendships that will last a lifetime. Having attended Leinster games in Donnybrook and in the RDS, it was a dream to play for Leinster and to run out as often as I have done in front of such brilliant support is something that I am very proud of.
"The messages that I received from Leinster fans in the last 12 months, in particular, I'll never forget.
"But after long consideration and at this stage in my career, this move to Ulster is an exciting challenge and one that I am very much looking forward to. Having spoken to Les and to Jono the future for Ulster is very bright and I look forward to playing my part in that.
"Of course until then, all my efforts will my geared towards helping Isa and the rest of the squad achieve as much as we can on two fronts with Leinster.”
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