Downey calls it a day

London Wasps centre James Downey has called time on an illustrious career which spans over thirteen years.

Downey bows out with some impressive accolades having represented Leinster, Connacht, Munster, Calvisano and Glasgow Warriors as well as making 148 appearances for Northampton Saints who he won the Challenge Cup with.

On announcing his retirement, Downey looked back with fond memories on a truly glittering rugby career.

"I've really enjoyed every moment of being a professional player and have been lucky to have represented some great teams along the way," Downey told the official Wasps website.

“Being involved with a Wasps side who are now back at the top table, is great to be part of."

He also added that he had given everything to the game and it was now time for him to move on and focus on other areas in his life.

“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."

Downey thanked everyone who supported him along his wonderful journey and made special mention of the Wasps management.

"I would like to thank everyone at Wasps for such an enjoyable time here and in particularly our owner Derek Richardson, who has been phenomenal for the club and helped me a lot personally.

“I'd also like to thank Dai and the coaches for the support since I've been here. I've really enjoyed my time with the boys too.

“It's a great group and will only get stronger in the future. Especially this year having reached a European semi-final and still with a Premiership semi-final to look forward to."

Wasps’ Director of Rugby Dai Young added: “James has had an impressive 13-year career, representing some fantastic teams during his time in the top flight.

“He can look back with great pride on that career and on behalf of everyone at Wasps, I wish James and his family the very best for the future."