The IRFU has confirmed that Jack McGrath will leave Leinster and join Ulster from next season.
IRFU performance director David Nucifora said that McGrath believes the move will increase his chances of playing for Ireland. The loosehead prop had fallen down the pecking order at Leinster.
"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.
The 29-year-old made 140 appearances for Leinster since making his debut in 2010. He won three European Cups, a Challenge Cup, two PRO12 titles and a PRO14 title in that time.
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