Greg Peterson returns to Glasgow as extent of JP du Preez injury is revealed

USA international agrees short-term deal as Warriors learn South African lock will miss whole season.

Greg Peterson
Greg Peterson scoring for Glasgow against Zebre in 2018. Image: ©INPHO/Craig Watson.

GLASGOW have re-signed second-row forward Greg Peterson on a short-term deal, primarily as cover for JP du Preez, who will be out for the rest of the season following surgery on a knee injury sustained in pre-season training. With Richie Gray and Scott Cummings due a break after the Rugby World Cup, the Warriors are short of experience at lock at present.

“With JP starting his rehabilitation and Scott and Richie’s return to be managed after a tough training camp and Rugby World Cup for Scotland, we’re happy to be able to add someone of Greg’s experience and quality to strengthen our squad for the start of the season,” Warriors coach Franco Smith said.

“We’ve been really pleased with how Max [Williamson] and Alex [Samuel], and Ruaraidh Hart, have shown up in our pre-season games, as developing our young talents is key not only for us, but for Scottish rugby overall.

“We want to make sure that they are given their chances when they are ready as our depth of squad will be important, so adding Greg gives us an additional option in the second-row and we’re pleased to welcome him into our group at Scotstoun.”

Peterson, now 32, was born in Sydney and capped at Under-20 level by Australia. But he won more than 30 full caps for the United States, qualifying thanks to a grandfather’s having been born there.

He played for the USA against Scotland at the 2015 World Cup, a few months after joining the Warriors from Leicester Tigers. He stayed at Scotstoun until 2018, spent a season in France with Bordeaux-Begles, and then joined Newcastle. He was released by the Falcons at the end of last season.

“The opportunity to come back to Glasgow was an easy one,” said Peterson. “Tess [his wife] and I made a lot of lifelong friends during our first spell here and it’s a place and a club that hold a lot of fond memories for us, so the decision was pretty straightforward when I got asked to come back for the next couple of months.

“It all came about pretty quickly really! I’m thankful that it all got sorted out pretty quickly – the biggest obstacle was the multiple time zones we were dealing with. I was back in Australia and then over in Salt Lake City with the USA squad, but we got it over the line.

“I definitely feel like I’ve developed as a player and a person since I was last here. I’ve had two kids since then, so I’ve learnt a lot of patience for sure! I’ve learnt a huge amount from both the Top14 and Premiership, too, and matured as a second-rower, so hopefully I can come back, help the young boys we’ve got here and help us start the season off strongly.

“I’m so excited to hear Scotstoun bouncing again – the place will be packed out for Family Day, which is one I’m already looking forward to, and Leinster is always a massive game. I can’t wait.”

South African Du Preez joined Glasgow from Sale Sharks at the start of last season. The 28-year-old sustained his knee injury some time ago, but the Warriors have only recently determined how long he will be out.

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11 Comments

  1. Sorry to see du Preez out long term, he was a key player last season but I’m encouraged to see young players being named and developed. That longterm work has been central to the success of the Irish provinces.

  2. Lol,a lot of people must laugh about my bad grammar as i’m not scottish.
    Just the name of the Guy.

  3. Have we not got any good academy prosects needing blooded rather than carting in a former player on a short contract? quick fixes better than nurturing talent ?

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    • did you actually read the article? 3 prospects, all will get game time.
      Another lock, preferably experienced was necessary. Some of us like our teams to have a chance, just about every club in the world would act the same way in the same circumstances

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      • academy lads need experienced pros to learn from. Listen to ex-All Blacks, they talk about the old dogs coming in and setting high standards in training for them to match (or beat). How can the three young lads get that without someone like Peterson?

        ideally, it would be an SQ player but we’re thin on the ground for them. even then they get panned like Eadie at Edinburgh

  4. JP a loss, wish him a speedy recovery. He played well especially through the 6N and other international windows…

  5. Bad news about JP as I thought he exceeded expectations last year. Don’t remember Petersen being much when he last played for Glasgow – hope he’s improved.

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