FORMER UL-Bohemian and Shannon scrum-half Paul Rowley has joined Aviva Premiership newcomers London Welsh for next season from Championship side, Plymouth Albion.
Twenty six-year-old Limerickman Rowley joined Plymouth in 2011 from Munster where he came through the province’s Academy system. In his five years at Munster, Rowley gained experience in the Pro 12, British & Irish Cup and with Munster A.
Rowley played schools rugby with St Munchin’s College winning a Munster Schools Senior Cup medal in 2006 when his team mates included Ireland winger Keith Earls. Rowley also represented Ireland and Munster Schools as well as Munster U-19s and U-20s.
Rowley turned down the offer of a new contract with Championship club Albion and has won a contract with London Welsh, who have gained promotion to English rugby’s top-flight.
Welsh confirmed their elevation to the Premiership with a 48-28 aggregate play-off final victory over Bristol in recent weeks.
London Welsh head coach Justin Burnell said they had been very impressed with Rowley talents in the sides’ Championship clash last season.