Saturday 17 August 2019

'It’s a whole new challenge for me' - James Lowe settling into life at Leinster

James Lowe. Photo: Getty Images
James Lowe. Photo: Getty Images

Des Berry

Leinster’s new signing James Lowe flew into Dublin last week beneath the radar.

He was given a week off to find his feet and get used to his new home.

Of course, the Irish weather had to be dealt with first, Lowe pleasantly surprised at the difference between this week and that spent here with the New Zealand Maori last year.

“It’s been lovely. The sun’s been out. I thought everyone’s being lying to me about the weather over here.

“It’s a whole new challenge for me. It is something I haven’t experienced before.

“I’m keen and, hopefully, learn where I can,” he said.

The former Chiefs left wing is eager to get going as the last Project Player to come in under the 3-Year Residency Rule.

First, there is the matter of playing his way into Leinster’s first fifteen where Dave Kearney, Adam Byrne, Jordan Larmour, Barry Daly, Fergus McFadden and even Isa Nacewa stand in his way.

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The 25 year-old began his first week of training with Leinster Rugby yesterday in preparation for the Guinness PRO14 match against The Dragons at The RDS Arena on Friday week.

“If everything goes well and I do get picked to play, I’m sure it will be a very exciting moment,” he said.

It will be interesting to see how Lowe deals with the fact he has played through Super Rugby where he poached 11 tries in 16 matches.

There was also the Mitre 10 Cup for the Tasman Makos where they reached the final two weeks ago.  

“Some of the guys have come through a very intense first block. But, me, I’m raring to go,” he said. 

“I’m excited to challenge myself in a new environment,” he added.

“In my first few days here, it is very professional, very well-resourced.

“I’m excited to explore a new part of the world, more than anything.

“New Zealand is very, very sheltered, although we did do a fair bit of travelling in Super Rugby.” 

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