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Leinster Sign Maori All Blacks Winger From Super Rugby Side Chiefs


This past week, Leinster announced the signing of Scott Fardy, but have not stopped there with their southern hemisphere recruits.

Today, they have confirmed that 24-year-old winger James Lowe will join the province next season.

Lowe has played Super Rugby in recent years with the Chiefs, scoring 18 tries in 39 appearances for the New Zealand outfit.

HAMILTON, NEW ZEALAND - MARCH 03:  James Lowe of the Chiefs runs in for a try during the round two Super Rugby match between the Chiefs and the Blues at Rugby Park on March 3, 2017 in Hamilton, New Zealand.  (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

He has also represented the Maori All Blacks, touching down six times in his five caps, including a try against Munster last November.

The outside back can’t wait to get started at the RDS.

“I am very excited by the challenge that lies ahead at Leinster Rugby.

“Everyone knows about Leinster and what they have achieved over the last eight years or so but I have also spoken to a few people that I know in Leinster and they have nothing but positive things to say about the club and city. I also really enjoyed my visit to Ireland with the Maori All Blacks last year.

“I am looking forward to getting stuck in and to making an impression at my new club and contributing in whatever way I can.

“Until that time my focus is on the Chiefs and Tasman and doing as much as I can to ensure that I leave New Zealand rugby on a high.”

HAMILTON, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 14:  James Lowe of the Chiefs is tackled during the International Test match between the Chiefs and Wales at Waikato Stadium on June 14, 2016 in Hamilton, New Zealand.  (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Leo Cullen spoke of his admiration for his latest acquisition.

“James is a quality and still relatively young outside back that we have been tracking for some time, so we are delighted that he has agreed to join us.

“James has picked up considerable experience from his time with the Tasman Makos, the Chiefs and the Maori All Blacks. We hope he can bring the learnings from his time spent with these teams and really add to our environment here.

“We believe James will greatly add to the outside backs that we have and provide good competition in the squad as we look to remain competitive in both the Guinness PRO12 and the Champions Cup.

“We look forward to welcoming James to Leinster and seeing him out on the field representing the team once his commitments in New Zealand come to a close.”

There will be fierce competition on the Leinster wings next season, with Adam Byrne, Rory O’Loughlin, Isa Nacewa, Dave Kearney and Fergus McFadden all in contention.


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Author: The PA Team

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