Glasgow Warriors agree new deals with Scottish-qualified quartet

Thomas Gordon, Bruce Flockhart, Rory Hughes and Robbie Nairn sign contract extensions with Scotstoun outfit

Thomas Gordon
Thomas Gordon has upgraded from a partnership deal to a full-time contract with Glasgow Warriors. Image: © Craig Watson -

GLASGOW WARRIORS have announced the retention of four Scottish-qualified fringe players from their current squad ahead of next season. Flanker Thomas Gordon, who was previously on a partnership contract with Currie Chieftains, has signed on full-time with the Scotstoun outfit; while fellow back-rower Bruce Flockhart along with wingers Rory Hughes and Robbie Nairn have extended their current deals.

22-year-old Gordon has put pen-to-paper on a two-year contract that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2021. The flanker made his debut for Glasgow Warriors in January’s victory over the Ospreys at Scotstoun and has played twice more for the pro team. Born in Rotorua, Gordon qualifies for Scotland through his grandparents and was part of the Under-20 squad that finished fifth at the 2017 World Rugby U20 Championship in Georgia.

21-year-old Flockhart also played in that U20s tournament, and after a year playing for Stade Nicois was rewarded with a full-time deal last summer. He made his professional debut for Warriors in November 2018 in an away over the Ospreys. He has agreed a one-year contract extension.

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“We’re rapt to have secured the services of two outstanding young back-row talents,” said Warriors head coach Dave Rennie. “We’ve been hugely impressed with what we’ve seen from Bruce and Tom this season, both on the park and in training, and they’ll be crucial players for us next season in a Rugby World Cup year.”

Meanwhile, 26-year-old Hughes has signed until 2020, with the option of a second year. He made his international debut in the 2015 Rugby World Cup warm-up match against Italy, as has since gone on to win four caps and was included in Gregor Townsend’s extended squad for this year’s Guinness Six Nations,, and has scored two tries in 11 appearances for the club this year.

22-year-old Nairn joined Warriors from the Harlequins Academy last summer on a one-year deal, which has now agreed a two-year extension. His first start for the Warriors came in the memorable 29-20 home victory over the Scarlets at the start of December, and has scored two tries in eight appearances so far for the club (both against Connacht in February).

He was also part of the Scotland U20 side that recorded a best-ever fifth-place finish at the 2017 World Rugby U20 Championship in Georgia, scoring three tries at the tournament. He has also represented Scotland on the World Sevens Series circuit.

“We’re pleased with how Rory and Robbie have played this season and it’s great news for the club that they’ve both committed,” said assistant coach Jason O’Halloran.

“Rory is a born and bred Glaswegian and plays with real heart. He always gives 100% to the jersey and his work-rate and physicality are a real asset to the team.

“Robbie is a really impressive athlete whose skillset is constantly improving. He’ll be a vital player for us next season with so many players away on international duty.”

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