George Horne agrees contract extension with Glasgow

In-form scrum-half has signed a two-year deal to stay at Scotstoun, where he has been since turning professional in 2016

George Horne
George Horne stands watch over the scrum in Glasgow's game against Zebre last month. Image: © Craig Watson. www.craigwatson.co.uk

GLASGOW have announced a two-year contract extension for  George Horne, one of their most impressive performers so far in a season that has taken them into the URC play-offs and a Challenge Cup quarter-final at home to the Lions on Saturday.

The 27-year-old scrum-half made his debut in late 2016 and is now close to the 100-appearance mark. He is already the Warriors’ fourth all-time try-scorer, having most recently added to his tally in the Cup last-16 win over the Dragons last Saturday.

“I’m really happy to re-sign,” Horne told glasgowwarriors.org. “We’ve got such a great group of boys, the coaching team is getting the best out of everyone, and there’s just a really good feeling around the club right now.

“I’ve been loving my rugby this year. A lot of what you see on the pitch just comes from hard work, really – Franco’s got us working hard, the boys are buying into it and he’s giving us the freedom to express ourselves and play.

“We’ve progressed so much this season, even from the start of the season up until now. We just want to get better and better every week, and if we do that then there’s no reason we can’t go on and challenge right at the very top.”

Head coach Franco Smith added: “We’re very pleased to be able to secure George as a Glasgow Warrior for the next couple of seasons. His rugby intelligence is clear for all to see and he is a highly competitive athlete on the pitch.

“Moreover, he is someone for whom representing this club means a great deal and we know that he will give everything for the jersey. We look forward to continuing to work with him as this squad continues on its journey together.”

Meanwhile, Lions flanker Emmanuel Tshituka will miss Saturday’s match at Scotstoun after being given a three-week suspension by an independent disciplinary committee. Tshituka was sent off in the first half of his team’s home win over Racing 92 after striking French full-back Louis Dupichot with his forearm in a dangerous manner in contravention of Law 9.11.

The committee upheld the red card, decided that the starting point for a sanction was six weeks, but halved that because of the player’s clean disciplinary record and his timely apology to Dupichot. And the three weeks will be cut to two if Tshituka completes a World Rugby “coaching intervention”.

Dragons prop Aki Seiuli – a former Warrior – faces a hearing today after being sent off in last Saturday’s match for a dangerous tackle on Horne.

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3 Comments

  1. Great to hear as George has totally been on fire this year – fabulous player and criminally under used by Scotland. Love to watch him play when he’s sniping and playing his aggressive best. You’re right Sonsie that Warriors have an embarrassment of riches at 9. But it only takes one injury and 3 looks to be a good number.

  2. Outstanding re-signing, for the guy must surely be on the verge of at least a Scotland match-day 23 call-up. Would be interested to know the longer term situation visa viz the other two, Price and Dobie, because Glasgow cannot keep all three and satisfy their demand for first team rugby. And in the national rather than club interest, I don’t want to see Dobie farmed out on the wing, for he is far too valuable for that. What to do?

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