GLASGOW WARRIORS have handed senior professional contracts to four academy forwards, with second-rows Alex Samuel and Max Williamson, back-row Gregor Brown and hooker Angus Fraser all agreeing deals for an undisclosed period of time ahead of the 2022-23 season.
Brown, who is in the frame to feature in Saturday’s European Challenge Cup quarter-final clash against Lyon, made two appearances for the senior side last season but then missed the best part of a year with a knee injury. Initially from Aberdeen, the 20-year-old has returned to match fitness in recent weeks playing for Boroughmuir Bears in Super6.
Second-row Samuel captained Scotland Under-20s in their 2021 Six Nations campaign, but missed the 2022 championship due to a shoulder injury. At 6ft 9ins and 115kgs (18st 1lbs), he has the physical attributes to perform at the highest level.
Fellow second-rower Williamson has been an ever-present for Scotland U20 since breaking into the setup last year, making 10 successive appearances across the 2021 and 2022 Six Nations campaigns, and he was recently included in the 32-man squad that travelled to South Africa for the United Rugby Championship double-header, although didn’t get game-time.
Dundonian hooker Fraser is a childhood friend of Murphy Walker, the prop who graduated from the academy to senior squad earlier this season. The 22-year-old previously spent a year at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa on the Macphail Scholarship.
“Angus, Alex, Gregor and Max have all applied themselves well recently and take the next step into professional rugby at Glasgow Warriors,” said Warriors head coach Danny Wilson. “We’re all looking forward to seeing these young men continue to grow in our environment and compete for their place in our match day 23.”
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