Injured and on his way to Wasps... when will Marty Moore play for Ireland again? 4 years ago

Injured and on his way to Wasps... when will Marty Moore play for Ireland again?

Opportunity knocks for Finlay Bealham.

The Australian is in line to become the third foreign-born prop of the Pat Lam era to earn an Ireland cap under Joe Schmidt, the 24 year old joining up with the Six Nations squad following Marty Moore's hamstring tear.

Monday was mixed for Moore, who was ruled out for 6-8 weeks before having his move to Wasps confirmed just hours later.

The Leinster man's transfer was held up when Ireland head coach Schmidt and scrum coach Greg Feek made overtures towards the 24 year old. The thinking was that Irish rugby did not want to lose a promising tighthead, viewed by many as the heir apparent to Mike Ross.

However whether the risk to his Irish career were not grave enough or the riches on offer in Coventry were irresistible... either way Moore will be plying his trade in the Premiership next season, alongside former Munster fly-half JJ Hanrahan.

European Rugby Champions Cup Round 4, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 19/12/2015 Leinster vs Toulon Leinster's Marty Moore Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

"I am looking forward to working with Dai Young and his coaching team as well as the squad and am excited about the challenge ahead in the Aviva Premiership," said Moore.

It remains to be seen how serious IRFU performance director David Nucifora will be about exiling the exiles but, seeing as he is likely to miss the Six Nations, it will be interesting to see when Moore next dons the green shirt.

It is a great opportunity for Bealham, who follows in the footsteps of Connacht's other project props, Nathan White and Rodney Ah You. The league convert, along with Ultan Dillane, White, Kieran Marmion and Robbie Henshaw, brings to five the number of Westerners in the squad convening in Carton House today.

Henshaw has shown no ill-effects following his return from an arm injury against Enisei-STM at the weekend, while Johnny Sexton is expected to be cleared to play by Tuesday morning when he completes Head Injury Assessment (HIA) test three.