James Downey swaps Munster for Glasgow

James Downey swaps Munster for Glasgow

MUNSTER centre James Downey has agreed to sign a two-year deal with Glasgow Warriors.

Downey joined Munster in 2011, having previously played for Northampton Saints where he scored 13 tries in 148 appearances.

Downey, 33, said: “I’m really excited about moving to Glasgow and taking on this new challenge. This is a great opportunity for me to join an ambitious club and hopefully I can have a successful couple of years in Glasgow.

“The squad gets stronger each year and reaching the Rabo final for the first time last season shows the progress the club is making. I know I’ll have to work hard to get into the team. I can’t wait to meet my new teammates and start pre-season training.”

Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend said: “James is a quality player who will be an excellent addition to our squad. He is a tough defender and brings real physicality when carrying the ball.

“He has a lot of experience having played for Northampton and Munster, and has been involved in some epic European games.

“This experience, as well as his rugby ability will help us to make further progress as a squad next season.

“We’re delighted he has chosen to come to Glasgow and adds to our depth at centre.

“I’d like to thank Scottish rugby for their continued investment in our squad, which allows us to bring in a player of James’ calibre.”