Callum Gibbins latest Glasgow Warriors leaver

31-year-old New Zealander has been a key figure in the squad since his arrival at Scotstoun in the summer of 2017

Callum Gibbins made a big impact during three seasons with Glasgow Warriors. Image: © Craig Watson -
Callum Gibbins made a big impact during three seasons with Glasgow Warriors. Image: © Craig Watson -

GLASGOW WARRIORS have confirmed that co-captain, Callum Gibbins, will bring to an end his three year association with the club at the end of the 2019-20 season.

The 31-year-old New Zealander, was one of Dave Rennie‘s major recruits in the summer 2017, and made an immediate impact with a series of stand-out performances at open-side flanker for the Warriors, earning him the captaincy of Guinness PRO14 Dream Team at the end of that debut season (despite missing three months of the campaign with a hamstring injury).

He was then named as one of the club’s co-captains for the 2018-19 season alongside fellow back-rower Ryan Wilson. His total of 46 appearances to date in a Glasgow shirt includes 44 starts, crossing the whitewash on 13 occasions.

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“Callum has had a massive impact since his arrival and leaves a lasting impression,” said fellow New Zealander Rennie, who is also moving on this summer.

“A high-quality man, he is hugely respected by peers and staff alike. Cully would hate me saying this but he has been the perfect Warrior.”

“His work ethic and attention to detail on and off the pitch makes him an outstanding role model. Superbly conditioned, competitive and intelligent, his point of difference is his ability to become a different creature and bring a brutal edge every time he crosses the paint.

“He genuinely cares about his team mates, is very generous with his time for fans and prominent in a variety of community projects. Having a lead role in the Scrumbags, the team band that raised over £10,000 for the Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity is one such example of this.

“Thanks for your contribution over the past three seasons Cully, and we wish you and Meg all the best as you head into the next stage of life.”

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