Leinster have announced the signing of back James Lowe from Super Rugby side the Chiefs.
Lowe, 24, has made 39 appearances for the Chiefs with 18 tries to his name, while he has represented the Maori All Blacks on five occasions and was a member of the team that took on Munster at Thomond Park last November.
He will join up with his new Leinster team mates after the conclusion of the 2017 Mitre 10 Cup campaign.
“I am very excited by the challenge that lies ahead at Leinster Rugby," Lowe told leinsterrugby.ie.
“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 made his Super Rugby debut in 2014 against the Crusaders and head coach Leo Cullen believes he will be a great addition to the squad.
“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," Cullen said.
“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.”
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