JAMES DOWNEY IS hanging up his boots at the end of the season after a 13-year professional career during which he represented seven different clubs across Ireland, England, Scotland and Italy.
Downey’s retirement was announced this afternoon by Wasps, who the Dubliner has represented since Ferbuary 2015, when he joined the English side from Glasgow Warriors.
The 35-year-old centre, who won a Leinster Schools Junior Cup medal with Belvedere College, is set to embark on a new role in the financial world, according to a statement from Wasps, who face Exeter Chiefs in the Aviva Premiership semi-finals on Saturday.
“I’ve really enjoyed every moment of being a professional player and have been lucky to have represented some great teams along the way. Being involved with a Wasps side who are now back at the top table is great to be part of. The squad is a tight group and can no doubt push on for titles in the coming years,” said Downey.
“I am one of the lucky ones who can finish on my own terms, not having it cut short like so many do. I’ve loved every minute along the way and have been fortunate to have had a few successful years too, but now I am looking forward to starting the next chapter in my life.”
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