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Clontarf’s Griffin Signs Development Contract With Ulster

Ivan Soroka and Ben Griffin celebrate after the game 1/5/2022

Energia All-Ireland League Division 1A Final, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 1/5/2022 Clontarf vs Terenure College Clontarf's Ivan Soroka and Ben Griffin celebrate after the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ben Brady

Young prop Ben Griffin has joined Ulster Rugby after impressing in the Energia All-Ireland League last season with Division 1A runners-up Clontarf.

Ulster have confirm that 21-year-old tighthead Griffin has signed a one-year Development contract with the province after a trial period during pre-season.

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He makes the move north following a successful couple of seasons in the AIL with Clontarf. He played in May’s Division 1A final defeat to Terenure College, having won the competition with a try-scoring contribution during the 2022 decider.

Dubliner Griffin, whose first experience of rugby was with Coolmine RFC and Castleknock College, commented: “It’s been a dream of mine to play professional rugby. Fortunately, Dan McFarland invited me up for a trial, and I’ve been trying to play well and be consistent.

“Last season showed me that staying persistent about your goals can yield rewards.

“The lads have been extremely welcoming, and it’s a huge jump from amateur to professional, so having team-mates supporting you is great. It’s a big step up at this level and all about learning those fine margins.”

Ulster head coach McFarland welcomed the new prop (pictured above with Ivan Soroka), adding: “Ben has potential going forward, and he came into our group on a trial period, and impressed us with his attitude in training.

“He had an impressive season in the top tier of AIL rugby with Clontarf last year.

“With Marty Moore injured, and Tom O’Toole pushing hard for Rugby World Cup inclusion, it’s important for us to continue monitoring the progress of the young props who are pushing for Development spots in our squad.”