Ireland international James Downey to retire from rugby

Wasps centre to take up career in financial world following 13-year professional career

Wasps' Ireland international centre James Downey has announced that he will retire from professional rugby next month to embark on a career in the financial world.

Downey, who was capped against Canada in 2013, enjoyed a 13-year career at the top level.

He played for Leinster, Connacht, Munster, Calvisano and Glasgow, in addition to a five-year stint with Wasps’ Aviva Premiership rivals Northampton.

Downey, 35, joined Wasps on loan from Glasgow early last year, before his contract was extended.

“I have really enjoyed every moment of being a professional player, and I have been lucky to have represented some great teams along the way,” he said.

“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 been fortunate to have had a few successful years too, but now I am looking forward to starting the next chapter in my life.”