DAVE RENNIE has secured the signatures of two young Scottish-qualified props to ensure that Glasgow Warriors have strength in depth at the pit-face at the start of next season when Zander Fagerson, Siua Halanukonuka and Alex Allan are likely to be away on World Cup duty.
Adam Nicol, who signed his first professional contract with the club last summer, has extended his stay with the club for two further seasons. Meanwhile, Charlie Capps arrives at Scotstoun after a season with Stade Nicois in Federale 1 as part of Scottish Rugby’s performance partnership with the French outfit. The 23-year-old has made 17 appearances in France this season, having previously played 10 games for Yorkshire Carnegie in the English Championship and British and Irish Cup.
Capps has represented England at Under-18 level but is Scottish qualified, and becomes the second player to join the Warriors from Stade Nicois after Bruce Flockhart signed his first professional contract at the beginning of this season.
Stade Niçois received a 10 league point deduction penalty this season after recording a deficit of €99,000 in last year’s accounts, which effectively killed the club’s chance of being promoted into PRO D2, the second tier of French club rugby. This punishment was handed out by the DNACG, the organisation that overseas financial affairs in French sport, after an appeal against the initial sanction of relegation to Federale 2.
Nicol was a member of the Scotland Under-20s team which secured a historic fifth-place finish at the 2017 World Rugby U20 Championship in Georgia, and has played nine games for Warriors so far.
“Adam has benefited from spending time in the environment here and we have seen him make big shifts, he has all the physical attributes to become a quality prop,” said Warriors forwards coach Jonathan Humphreys.
“Charlie has been playing in a physical division out in France and will add great strength in depth to the Glasgow front-row. Next season there will be five Scottish qualified props at Scotstoun aged 25 and under, which is excellent for both the club and Scottish rugby as a whole.”