GLASGOW WARRIORS have handed full-time professional contracts for next season to three Academy players.
Second-row Scott Cummings has signed a three-year deal, while hooker James Malcolm has signed for two years and centre Nick Grigg has penned a one-year contract.
The 19-year-old Cummings, who went to Kelvinside Academy, made his debut for the Warriors against the Scarlets in the season opener and has gone on to make nine appearances for the club. He scored his first try for the Warriors in the 33-32 win over Connacht in September.
He was named captain of Scotland under-20s for their Six Nations tournament this year, leading his side to a historic 24-6 win over England – Scotland’s first over England at under-20 level – in the opening game, where he also scored a try. He represented Scotland in all five under-20s fixtures in the Six Nations last year, starting against France and Wales.
“I was thrilled when I found out Glasgow wanted to sign me on a professional deal. The fact it’s a three-year deal is a big honour because it means I can commit my future to the club and play here for many years to come. My goal at the start of the season was to play as much rugby as possible and I was delighted to play so much as I wasn’t expecting it. I’m really looking forward to the next three years at Scotstoun.,” he said.
Glasgow-born Malcolm has been a member of the BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy for the last two years and got his big chance with Warriors during an injury crisis at hooker earlier in the season. He has made 11 appearances for the club this season, following his debut in the win over Cardiff Blues in November 2015.
Grigg joined the Academy in pre-season having signed from Petone RFC in New Zealand. He made his debut for the Warriors coming off the bench in the 12-6 win over Leinster last Friday. The 23-year-old has played for Scotland in the World Rugby Sevens Series in Wellington and Sydney as well as featuring for Stirling County in the BT Premiership.
“I came over here knowing that I needed to work hard and I’ve had lots of great opportunities. My Grandad is from Ayrshire so my family back home are very proud of my accomplishments so far,” he said.