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Aidan Morgan leaving NZ rugby for Ireland

Updated: Jun 7

Another New Zealand player is leaving for an overseas team, this time Aiden Morgan from the Hurricanes
Aidan Morgan about to pass the ball for the Hurricanes will leave New Zealand to play in Ireland PHOTO: LINTOTT PHOTOGRAPHY

Hurricanes first-five Aidan Morgan has agreed to play for the United Rugby Championship (URC) side Ulster. 

The 22-year-old, who joined the Hurricanes ahead of the 2022 season, has made 24 appearances for the Hurricanes during his three-season tenure in the Hurricanes top side. 

A product of Kings College in Auckland, the talented pivot was a key part of the Wellington team that won the NPC in 2022, heads offshore to pursue an opportunity presented to him. 


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After signing terms with Wellington and the Hurricanes, he made the shift ahead of the COVID-19 interrupted 2020 season, splitting his time between the Wellington Academy, Marist St Pats in Wellington Premier Rugby and training with the Hurricanes. 

An NPC debut followed, becoming one of Wellington’s youngest ever players, aged just 19 as well as a strong campaign with the New Zealand Under U20 side, in 2021. 

A talented pivot, he made his Hurricanes debut against Moana Pasifika, in his hometown during 2022.  

Morgan said it was an exciting opportunity to head overseas and explore the world. 

“The Hurricanes has been my home since I left high school four years ago and although it was a difficult decision to leave, this opportunity with Ulster is one that aligns with my aspirations as a player. I’m looking forward to contributing to the rest of the season with the Hurricanes.” 

“I am really excited for the opportunity to join Ulster for the next two seasons.” 

Hurricanes Head Coach, Clark Laidlaw paid tribute Morgan, saying his attitude and team first approach is part of what set him apart. 

“Although Aidan hasn’t got as many opportunities to start as he would have liked this season. His ability to contribute to our preparation each week has been relentless. He’s an amazing team man, and I’m sure he’ll succeed on his next adventure overseas, and we wish him all the best. We look forward to reconnecting in the future.” 

Morgan will depart New Zealand for Ireland at the conclusion of the 2024 Super Rugby Pacific season. 


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