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Leinster swoop for Chiefs wing James Lowe

Leinster have signed Chiefs wing James Lowe for next season.

The 24-year-old will join the Dublin province after completing his Mitre 10 Cup commitments with home province Tasman.

The five-cap Maori All Blacks flyer boosts Leinster's ranks still further, following the capture of Australia flanker Scott Fardy.

"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," said Leinster head coach Leo Cullen.

"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 added: "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."

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