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Gloucester sign Jacob Rowan from Leeds
ESPN Staff
May 22, 2014

Gloucester have signed flanker Jacob Rowan from Leeds Carnegie, days after his current side lost to London Welsh in the Championship play-off semi-final.

Rowan, 24, became the youngest ever captain of Leeds Carnegie when he was appointed to the role in 2012. He also captained England Under-20s in the 2010 Junior World Championship in Argentina.

He said that it would be a wrench to leave the club where he has spent his entire playing career to date, but that the time is right for a new challenge. "It's going to be strange. I've been at Leeds since I was 14 years old, nearly 10 years now. I've made a lot of good friends here and it'll feel odd to move on.

"But I'm at the stage of my career where I want to really test myself at the highest level on a consistent basis. When I heard that Gloucester were interested in me, it was too good an opportunity to turn down.

"I'm really looking forward to getting down there and getting stuck into pre-season. It's a great club, a fine stadium and the team enjoys superb support. The squad is looking really good for next season and I'm looking forward to being a part of it."

Rowan will make his final appearance for Leeds in the British & Irish Cup final against Leinster A in Dublin at the weekend. "It's a massive game and we've been really focused in training this week. To round off my Leeds career by helping the side to lift the trophy would be a great way to finish."

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