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Being signed as a project player it seems and what a cracking project player it could prove to be!


Leinster Sign Maori All Blacks’ James Lowe



March 6, 2017 / 10:00 am / Marcus Ó Buachalla







Leinster Rugby can this morning confirm the signing of 24 year old back James Lowe from Super Rugby side the Chiefs.







The six foot two Maori All Blacks player has made 39 appearances for the Chiefs with 18 tries to his name and has represented the Maori All Blacks on five occasions scoring six tries – including one against Munster last November in Thomond Park.

Leinster Rugby Head Coach Leo Cullen confirmed the signing this morning to leinsterrugby.ie, “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.”

Lowe made his Super Rugby debut in 2014 against the Crusaders and scored a try after coming on as a substitute. Since then he has added a further 17 tries to his name and has already scored three tries in the first two rounds of the Super Rugby season.

He will join up with his new Leinster team mates after the conclusion of the 2017 Mitre 10 Cup campaign which he will play for his home province Tasman.



Speaking to leinsterrugby.ie he said, “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.”

Lowe’s signature comes on the back of news last week that Leinster had secured the services of Australian forward Scott Fardy ahead of the 2017/18 season, as well as confirming seven graduates from the Leinster Academy programme including Ross Byrne, Joey Carbery, Nick McCarthy, Andrew Porter, Rory O’Loughlin, Peadar Timmins and James Ryan.


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Where's all this money coming from..?

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It's either from our lizard people overlords or Welsh tv money,can't remember which.


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It's either from our lizard people overlords or Welsh tv money,can't remember which.


:D

wet monitor moment there

Keep 'em coming :D

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Not sure we really need him, but he is replacing Isa Nacewa who is playing one more year after this and then moving into a coaching role at Leinster, he has a great off load and seems to have a some wheels, maybe save him for the big challenges to come at Rodney parade and the CAP

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Leinsterblue wrote:
Not sure we really need him, but he is replacing Isa Nacewa who is playing one more year after this and then moving into a coaching role at Leinster, he has a great off load and seems to have a some wheels, maybe save him for the big challenges to come at Rodney parade and the CAP


Is Kirchner staying on?


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Fingal wrote:
Leinsterblue wrote:
Not sure we really need him, but he is replacing Isa Nacewa who is playing one more year after this and then moving into a coaching role at Leinster, he has a great off load and seems to have a some wheels, maybe save him for the big challenges to come at Rodney parade and the CAP


Is Kirchner staying on?



With a quality crop coming through Kirchner is excess to requirements really so he will move on, Carbery can play fullback as can Nacewa and Kearney, with Lowe; Adam Byrne, Ringrose, O'Loughton, Reid, and loads of other options the future looks pretty exciting.

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Looking forward to Billy Dardis getting game time at some point


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Lowe is coming in as an NIQ player to replace Zane Kirchner whose foreign contract ends in June and can't be renewed.

Leinster already have their project allotment of Jamison Gibson-Park who could become IQ if the likely residency law change to 5 years does not apply to players already on contract. Not sure if he's any better than Murray, Marmion, McGrath, Cooney, or even Blade who's developing nicely in Connacht.

World Rugby will decide on residency change in May. Lowe won't start until new season in August 2017 so he would likely fall under a five-year requirement which would mean he'd be aged 30 in September 2022 before he'd be eligible to be selected. I'd see this as unlikely with the amount of domestic senior players and academy players coming through at wing/full-back.


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antietam wrote:
It's either from our lizard people overlords or Welsh tv money,can't remember which.



At least they no longer pass the hat around at Irish bars here like they used to, although I think that money went to a different branch of the domestic organization. ;) :D

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Lowe signed his contract just afew day's ago so surely he also will be under the 3 year residency rule.


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Bloody good signing Lowe,Leins attractive and winning play is attractive

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Cathalsmart wrote:
Lowe signed his contract just afew day's ago so surely he also will be under the 3 year residency rule.


It is about residency. He doesn't arrive in Ireland until Super Rugby/ITM is complete. This regularly happens with contract signing happening before residency begins. The five-year proposal is likely to be passed in May. It may provide derogations for existing residency players.


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As a Leinster fan I couldn't care less if he plays for ireland. I don't think he should but I'm delighted we will have him playing for us for the next three years and hopefully he goes well... We have some real quality in the back line as it is and more never hurts..

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Hasn't he got some fairly serious arthritic problems which mean he gets broken quite easily? :dontknow:


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