Sammy Arnold to leave Ulster

Sammy Arnold

Sammy Arnold will join Munster next season

Ulster have announced that centre Sammy Arnold will leave the province at the end of the season and join fellow Irish province Munster on a two year deal.

The 19-year old made his debut last season against the Newport-Gwent Dragons in March 2015 and since then has made 11 appearances for Ulster, the last of which was away to Oyonnax last month.

The centre, who can also cover wing, was a product of the Irish Exiles having been born in England, and he represented Ireland at U20 level.

“We are disappointed to lose a player of Sammy’s talent but we fully understand his position,” commented Ulster Director of Rugby Les Kiss on Arnold’s decision to leave Ulster.

“He is an ambitious young man who wants to gain as much game time as possible, but with our current stock at centre, we were unable to guarantee him a starting position.

“The age profile of some of our other centres such as Stuart Olding, Stuart McCloskey and Luke Marshall, along with the presence of experienced international players like Darren Cave and Jared Payne, has contributed to his decision.

“Everyone at Ulster wishes Sammy well with Munster over the next couple of seasons but in the meantime we’re sure that he will contribute positively to the squad during the current campaign.”

Arnold commented on his move, saying, “It was a difficult decision to leave but given Ulster’s depth of talent in midfield, I think it is the right time for me to make the move.

“I would like to thank Ulster Rugby for its support and investment in helping me to develop my game and I’m determined to finish the season well.”