Tuesday 25 April 2017

'That's not at the forefront' - Leinster's new Kiwi star on the prospect of playing for Ireland

James Lowe of Maori All Blacks during the match between Munster and the New Zealand Maori All Blacks at Thomond Park
James Lowe of Maori All Blacks during the match between Munster and the New Zealand Maori All Blacks at Thomond Park

Leinster's newest signing James Lowe has opened up on his reasons for leaving New Zealand rugby behind to come to Ireland.

The highly rated Lowe has been an integral part of the Chiefs' scintillating backline in Super Rugby, but has opted to join Leinster from next season.

At just 24, Lowe has yet to even hit his prime, but the Kiwi has explained why he has decided to forgo the chance of possibly playing for the All Blacks by moving to Ireland.

"Re-signing Izzy [Israel Dagg], and Bender [Ben Smith], you've got Jules [Savea], Waisake [Naholo, Rieko [Ioane], Damien [McKenzie], Melani [Nanai], I mean the list keeps on going," Lowe told Newshub, a New Zealand media outfit.

The sizeable queue at wing in New Zealand gave Lowe the incentive to join Leinster, with people already speculating as to whether the skilled attacker might one day pull on an Irish jersey instead.

However, with many expecting the current residency rule to be changed before the end of the season, Lowe could be facing a five year wait before he is eligible to play international rugby for Ireland, instead of the three year period that is in place at the moment.

Lowe said that the prospect of an Ireland cap wasn't the main reason for his move - but he didn't rule out the prospect either.

"That's not at the forefront, I haven't even played for Leinster yet, so one step at a time."

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