Dragons land Wales back-row Moriarty

Wales back-row Ross Moriarty will leave Gloucester at the end of the season to join the Dragons on a two-year deal.

Moriarty would have been ineligible to continue his international career if he carried on playing club rugby outside his homeland following a recent Welsh Rugby Union rule change.

Warren Gatland will still be able to call upon the British and Irish Lion, though, after the 23-year agreed terms for a move to the Pro14 next year.

"It is with much excitement that I am able to announce the completion of my transfer to Welsh regional side, the Dragons," said Moriarty.

"After meeting with Bernard Jackman [Dragons head coach], I was excited by the future plans of the club as the region looks to begin a new chapter in its history.

"Playing international rugby is the pinnacle of every player's career and with the new rules, it left me with no choice but to move to Wales to further my international ambitions, especially with the Rugby World Cup ahead."

It looked certain that the Gloucester academy graduate would be on the move even before he responded to comments made by head coach Johan Ackermann on his future by tweeting: "I don't recall in my last contract for Gloucester that I was supposed to go and ask for a new one."

Moriarty's current employers released a brief statement on Monday, which said: "Gloucester Rugby can confirm that back-row forward Ross Moriarty will leave the club at the end of the season.

"A product of the Gloucester Rugby Academy, Ross has developed into an international player during his time at Kingsholm but has now agreed terms elsewhere.

"Gloucester Rugby will be making no further comment on the matter."

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