Ex-Chiefs winger and Maori All Black James Lowe lands at Leinster

New Leinster Rugby signing James Lowe has arrived at the province ahead of a busy festive fixture schedule.

The former Chiefs and Tasman winger began his first week of training with Leinster Rugby this week in preparation for the Guinness PRO14 match against Dragons at the RDS Arena on 24th November.

“It’s been great so far, the weather’s been good and everyone’s really helpful here – it’s made the transition a lot easier”, said Lowe on his arrival at Leinster HQ.

“The rugby IQ is obviously very high (at Leinster) so I’m excited to be here. I was talking to a few of the boys before and to me it’s very exciting to come over here, it’s a whole new challenge for me and something I haven’t experienced before. I’m keen to learn and hopefully help where I can. I’m just excited more than anything. I’m raring to go.”

Lowe’s move was announced earlier this year and he got acquainted with some of his new teammates on the Lions touring, lining out for the Maori All Blacks to face the likes of Tadhg Furlong, Sean O’Brien and Johnny Sexton.

Leinster then face English champions Exeter Chiefs at Aviva Stadium on 16th December in a crucial Champions Cup clash, before back-to-back games at the RDS Arena against Connacht and Ulster on New Year’s Day and 6th January.

Lowe arrives from the Super Rugby side the Chiefs, who reached the semi-finals of the southern hemisphere competition this year. Lowe played in 16 Super Rugby matches this year, scoring 11 tries.

After the Super Rugby season finished Lowe competed in the New Zealand Provincial competition, the Mitre 10 Cup, helping the Tasman Makos to reach the final.