Exiles sign up Samoan Captain for two years

George Stowers, the captain of Manu Samoa, has signed for London Irish and will join the club in July on a two year contract.

The 30-year-old back row player joins from the Kobe club in Japan where he has been playing rugby for the past seven years.


He made his international debut for Samoa against Ireland in 2001 and has made six appearances for his country.


He was last seen in action in England when he played for the Pacific Islands against England at Twickenham last November.

Stowers is a powerful athlete who is highly regarded for his tackling over the ball; he also has great distribution skills for a No 8.

“We want to augment our back row resources having gone through the majority of this season with just four senior players,” said Toby Booth, London Irish Head Coach, when he announced the signing today (7th May).

“George has shown great leadership qualities in his appearances for Samoa and will give us extra quality cover during international periods. He will add to the physicality of our back row which makes him ideally suited for playing in the Guinness Premiership.”

Player Profile at a Glance
Name: George Stowers (30)
Position: No 8/Flanker
International caps: 7
Date of Birth: 14th February 1979
Former Clubs: Kobe (Japan)
Height: 1.91m (6′ 3″)
Weight: 112kg (17st 10lbs)

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