LIMERICK scrum-half Paul Rowley is set to join Ulster Rugby from London Welsh, who were recently relegated from the Aviva Premiership.
Twenty seven-year-old Rowley played his club rugby with UL-Bohemian, before moving to Shannon RFC and is a past pupil of renowned rugby nursery St Munchin’s College.
Rowley was also a member of the Munster Academy and played for the province’s U-19 and U-20 sides.
The Limerickman moved to English Championship side, Plymouth Albion, at the start of the 2011/12 season, making 41 appearances. Rowley joined London Welsh at the start of this season and has made 17 appearances to date.
Ulster team manager Bryn Cunningham believes Rowley can make an impact at Guinness PRO12 level with Ulster.
Cunningham said: “Paul is another individual where the time seems right to make an impact at PRO12 level.
“Having gone through all the representative age grade systems at Munster and Ireland, his pathway was blocked by a number of outstanding Munster scrum-halves.
“A few years in the English Championship honed his game getting regular first team rugby. This past season with London Welsh has not been what he hoped for but he now looks forward to a new challenge where we will look to maximise his undoubted ability.
“Paul possesses an all round game with control being at the forefront of his skill set. He will aim to put pressure on Paul Marshall and provide a slightly different option with his left-footed kicking from behind the pack.”