James Lowe rugby player
James Lowe rugby player

James Lowe

8th Jul 1992 1.88m/105kg Left Wing

James Francis Rawiri Lowe, born on July 8, 1992, is a professional rugby union player who currently plays as a wing for Leinster in the United Rugby Championship. Although born in New Zealand, he represents Ireland at the international level due to qualifying on residency grounds.

Lowe was born and raised in Nelson, New Zealand, and comes from Māori and English heritage, affiliating with the Ngāpuhi and Ngāi Te Rangi iwi. He attended Nelson College, where he not only played rugby but also excelled in athletics and represented New Zealand Under-15s in basketball. After finishing high school, he started playing club rugby for Waimea Old Boys.

His provincial career began in 2012 when he debuted for Tasman Mako at the age of 20. He scored two tries in six matches as Tasman reached the Championship semi-finals.

Lowe became a regular in the side and played a crucial role in Tasman's Championship-winning campaign in 2013, scoring six tries in 11 appearances. In the 2014 season, Tasman reached the Premiership final, with Lowe contributing eight tries in 12 matches. Although they lost the final, his performances earned him recognition.

Lowe's talent led to a Super Rugby contract with the Chiefs for the 2014 season. He made an impressive debut, scoring an intercept try from within his own 22 against the Crusaders. In his first season, he played ten matches and scored two tries.

Over the years, Lowe established himself as a key player for the Chiefs, scoring tries and becoming a fan favorite. In 2016, he started 15 matches and scored a career-high seven tries.

On March 6, 2017, Lowe signed with Irish province Leinster in the Pro14. Despite joining the team late in the season, he quickly became a favorite among the fans, scoring ten tries and making a significant impact. In his first season with Leinster, he won both the European Champions Cup and Pro14 titles.

Lowe's international career began with representing New Zealand Schools in 2010, where he played a part in the team's victory over Australia. He later gained selection for the Māori All Blacks in 2014 and 2016, scoring tries and making notable contributions.

However, Lowe became eligible to play for Ireland in November 2020 due to the residency rule. He made his Ireland debut in November 2020, scoring a try in a victory over Wales in the Autumn Nations Cup. He has since represented Ireland in the Six Nations and was part of the team that won the Grand Slam in 2023.

Lowe's journey showcases his talent and versatility as a winger and his ability to make an impact on the field. With his strong performances for both club and country, he has become a valuable player for Leinster and Ireland.

Ahead of the Rugby World Cup 2023, Lowe has been named in the squad for Ireland.



leinster (1) Leinster Rugby
Left Wing
2017 - present
ireland Ireland
Left Wing
2020 - present
maoriAllBlacks Maori All Blacks
Left Wing
2014 - 2017
chiefs Chiefs
Right Wing
2013 - 2017
TRU Tasman Mako
Right Wing
2012 - 2017