It has today been announced that Gloucester Rugby’s Welsh International and British and Irish Lion Ross Moriarty is to leave the club at the end of the season, he will be heading back to Wales to join The Dragons.
The Dragons have announced the signing of the Welsh International on a two year deal and he will be joining the Welsh region at Rodney Parade from the start of the 2018/2019 season.
Dragons’ Head Coach Bernard Jackson said, “I am delighted to have been able to convince Ross to join us as we build our team for the future.”
The Welsh province currently languish second from bottom in the Guinness Pro 14 and will be hoping that Moriarty will boost the squad and performance levels next season.
Moriarty’s future at Gloucester had been in doubt ever since he took to Twitter to hit out at the club in a tweet last Tuesday, which has since being deleted, saying, “I don’t recall in my last contract for Gloucester that I was suppose to go and ask for a new one.”
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Head coach Johan Ackermann spoke after Gloucester’s 27-9 away win over Newcastle, saying that he was ‘hoping to resolve the issue’ this week with the loose forward, stating that the situation may have been “misunderstood”.
But since the news has been announced of Moriarty’s departure he has taken to Twitter to thanks everyone at Gloucester for his time at the club.
Big thank you for your support over the past 7 years https://t.co/NrrcAFNkci
— Ross Moriarty (@RossMoriarty6) November 27, 2017
Moriarty will be hugely missed at Kingsholm where he has plied his trade for the past seven years, making 50 professional appearances in the Cherry and White shirt.
The Dragons were among several clubs interested in signing the back-rower but it is understood the change in the Welsh Rugby Union’s national selection policy has persuaded Moriarty to move to Wales.
He was a stand out player for Wales in their 2017 Six Nations campaign which also lead to him being selected for the British and Irish Lions tour this summer in which they drew with New Zealand.
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Moriarty did not take part in the test series itself due to the Welshman having to fly home after sustaining a back injury which required surgery, but he did feature in the opening victory of the tour in which they beat the Provincial Barbarians 13-8.