MARTY MOORE

The Ire­land tight­head has found his Utopia in English go-get­ters Wasps

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E HAS swapped city life in Dublin for an English vil­lage, five sea­sons at Le­in­ster for a new start with Wasps, and the Guin­ness Pro12 for the Aviva Premier­ship. But one thing that hasn’t changed is Marty Moore’s de­sire to ex­cel in do­mes­tic, Euro­pean and in­ter­na­tional rugby…

HMy move was prompted by a de­sire for more rugby and a dif­fer­ent type of rugby. I wouldn’t knock the Pro12 but the Premier­ship is a dif­fer­ent beast, es­pe­cially as a tight­head. You come up against big­ger chal­lenges in the English Premier­ship than any­where else in the world. I was keen to play with the squad that Wasps have, af­ter com­ing up against them of­ten enough and be­ing on the wrong side of re­sults. Speak­ing to Dai Young sealed the deal. When I met him it was like he was al­ready my coach, with the in­for­ma­tion he was giv­ing me. His ex­per­tise was a big at­trac­tion. Not a lot of direc­tors of rugby have been in­ter­na­tional tight­heads. To get his per­spec­tive and that kind of scru­tiny is some­thing I haven’t had in the past. My fi­ancée Lona and I live in a lit­tle place called Claver­don. It’s just out­side War­wick and very dif­fer­ent to city life in Dublin. It’s a nice change of pace. The traf­fic sit­u­a­tion is a bit dif­fer­ent to Dublin. I’m about 15 miles from train­ing but it still only takes me 15 to 20 min­utes to get in ev­ery morn­ing. Our dog Yogi is like a child to us. He’s a Pug cross and we’ve had him for three years. We have him go­ing round in a shop­ping trol­ley in John Lewis! I’ve al­ways had dogs. The only thing I’m miss­ing is fam­ily. But we’ve seen a lot of them as we’ve had peo­ple to stay al­most ev­ery week. Telling the fam­ily I was head­ing off was a big deal but they were very sup­port­ive and the fact it’s so ac­ces­si­ble from Dublin makes it even bet­ter. I’m not the only one at Wasps mov­ing to a new area – no­body has roots here re­ally, so it’s brought the fam­i­lies to­gether. The club are con­scious that ev­ery­one has to be happy for this to work. The rugby has been an eye-opener. It was a tough pre-sea­son be­cause to play the Wasps way re­quires a high level of phys­i­cal fit­ness and abil­ity. So we’ve put a lot of work in, to a higher level than any­thing a lot of us have ex­pe­ri­enced be­fore. When I turned up on day one I wasn’t ex­pect­ing a lot, be­cause they’re call­ing

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