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Wasps have signed an Ireland international centre on loan

33-year-old James Downey has been struggling for first-team games at Glasgow this season.

Downey has had two spells with Munster.
Downey has had two spells with Munster.
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WASPS HAVE ANNOUNCED the signing of Ireland international centre James Downey on loan from Glasgow Warriors for the remainder of the season.

The 33-year-old moved to Scotland from Munster last summer but has since started just three times in the Pro12 amidst strong midfield competition within Gregor Townsend’s Warriors squad.

Downey, who was capped by Ireland against Canada in 2013, has decided to take up an offer to move to Wasps on a short-term deal after the Premiership side lost centres Chris Bell and Alapati Leiua to injury.

Downey spent two seasons with Munster from 2012 to 2014, having previously been a key player at Northampton Saints. The 6ft 4ins midfielder’s CV also includes spells at home province Leinster, Connacht and Italian side Calvisano.

“I can’t wait, it’s obviously exciting times here at Wasps and I’m looking forward to hopefully getting some game-time and trying to help the team continue to put pressure on the top four in the Premiership,” said Downey of his latest switch.

The players here are really positive and have been in great form. They’ve been very welcoming and now I just need to work hard, learn the calls and hopefully I can fit in seamlessly.

“It’s a good chance to have another go in the Aviva Premiership and I’m looking forward to playing in front of some of the big crowds at the Ricoh Arena in the coming weeks.”

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