Glasgow Warriors sign Argentinean flyer Sebastián Cancelliere

Winger has joined club on 'long-term deal' for an undisclosed period of time

Sebastián Cancelliere
Sebastián Cancelliere

GLASGOW WARRIORS have recruited Argentinean winger Sebastián Cancelliere ahead of next season on a ‘long-term deal’ for an unspecified period of time.

The 27-year-old, who will link up with the Warriors this summer subject to visa, is the fifth back-three signing by head coach Danny Wilson in recent weeks, joining New Zealanders Josh McKay and Cole Forbes, and academy graduates Ollie Smith and Rufus McLean on the roster for next season.

Cancelliere is product of the Hindu club in Buenos Aires and won the first of his 10 caps to date for Argentina off the bench against England in November 2017, and previously represented the Pumas at 7s level during the 2015-16 World Rugby 7s Series.

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He made his Super Rugby debut for Jaguares in 2018, going on to score five tries in 11 appearances for the Argentinean franchise during its run to the 2019 Super Rugby Final.

“I’m really excited to join the Warriors,” said Cancelliere, who recently graduated as an. engineer. “I’ve spoken with Enrique Pieretto and Gabriel Ascarate about the Warriors and all of them talked really highly of the club and its players.

“I enjoy playing fun dynamic rugby and getting the ball in space, and Glasgow’s play style will offer that to me. I’m looking forward to the experience.”

Wilson said: “Sebastian is a quality player with plenty of international and Super Rugby experience. He’s a quick evasive winger and his skill set will complement the style of rugby play at Glasgow.

“It’s great to be able to add another skilled attacking option to our back three for next season We look forward to welcoming him to Scotstoun in the summer.”

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  1. Watching a young Kyle Rowe play in the Premiership before signing for Glasgow, I thought he was going to be a real superstar! He had everything. Spent sometime in the 7s, but no longer seen. Very sad indeed.

  2. Would be interesting to understand this in the context of who if anyone is not going to have their contact renewed, there are a number of foreign players already on the books who have arguably not performed as hoped.

  3. Ah yes. The “improved competition” angle.

    The Pros are getting to do their jobs and seem to be bringing in a lot of foreign players. Far be it from me to suggest those foreign players are taking up slots in the only two pro sides we have thereby hampering the progress and development of Scottish young players. The key is playing games.

    It’s obvious you would bring in an Argentinian x international winger as a back up player.

  4. Do you guys think with a new president of scottish rugby things could go better in general in particulary on the development of scottish grown players?

    • The President has no role in the contracting of professional players. I’m sure he has an opinion and perhaps expresses that at SR Board meetings but that’s as far as it goes IMO

  5. People don’t listen does mean you are right! I have said before on this site that this policy is disastrous and is strangling Scottish development. If it continues it could spell the end of Scottish rugby.

  6. Have a development structure worthy of the name, don’t invest in US teams. I know its an old one but sit down with London Scottish and have a sensible and professional discussion.

    • I wonder is Newcastle or if they are not up for it one of the other nnorth of England clubs would make more sense, ie physically closer for training etc?

  7. We only have two professional teams. Difficult to see how packing them with southern hemisphere imports is going to help the game in Scotland. You certainly don’t see Munster and Leinster doing that, and look how far ahead they are of Glasgow and Edinburgh. Disappointing trend at both ends of the M8

    • On the other hand Rufus Maclean has only just graduated to senior rugby and already he’s involved with the Scotland squad. Meanwhile Glasgow are having a miserable season deprived of their test players for most of the campaign. So how do Scotland’s pro-aides stay competitive in positions we lack depth and quality?

      • Well said FF

        There has to be a balance, We need quality players who are ready to perform when our internationals are away and are not at risk of being called up into Scotland camp (Dobie and McClean for example) otherwise we finish where we are at the moment in the league. You cant just throw in youth all the way. McClean, Thompson, Smith will benefit from the improved competition.

        People have to accept that the pro teams are not just development but a combination of development and results/entertainment.

        I thought i was done saying this but since people don’t seem to listen.


      • I’ll ignore “Neil’s” naivety.

        If we want to use Leinster and Munster as examples then they have a good balance of youth development pathways, choice foreign signings/naturalised players and experienced Irish players. Leinster in particular have been very successful at this in recent times.

        It took the Irish 7-10 years to get to that stage, and it also benefitted the national side. Ireland in the 80’s and 90’s were nowhere. They suffered from the hangover of Willie-John McBride, Peter Clohessy and Gaillimh stories of old. If you look back to the late 90’s & early 2000’s with the forming of the Celtic League/Cup you will see a definitive upward trend in Irish rugby simply because they decided to create a program of province cooperation, youth development that would continue to produce great players across those provinces, that would not only see game time at club level, but gain experience at international level.

        The IRFU did a great job in transitioning to the pro game….the SRU made an absolute balls of it. That legacy is prevalent today on both sides of the Irish sea.

    • RGM, you’re not comparing like with like. Munster have twice the budget and 50% greater squad depth than the 2 Scottish pro teams. Yet they had Stander, Synman and deAllende on their books this season.

      • Grant is correct in his synopsis – the difference in Irish foreign recruitment is it tends to be higher quality and more focused (they now have the funds to do this thanks to over a decade of phenomenal success at provincial and national level). By contrast we are in the difficult position of trying to pick up ‘bargains’ in order to create the depth list by being only able to afford two teams due to two decades of underperformance. Not an easy position to come back from. Scotland urgently need to increase number of kids in game and that means developing game in comprehensive schools – in order to do that some level of success at Pro and National levels required to inspire kids to play rugby, which in turn means a balance of domestic development and foreign recruitment.


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