Petrus du Plessis signs two-year contract extension as player-coach

South African tight-head will provide front-row cover during the World Cup whilst also becoming the club's new scrum guru

Petrus du Plessis in action for Glasgow Warriors against Saracens in the Heineken Champions Cup, shortly after joining the club as emergency front-row cover last October. Image: © Craig Watson -

PETRUS DU PLESSIS, the highly experienced South African tight-head prop who joined Glasgow Warriors as emergency injury cover on a short-term deal last October, has agreed a two-year contract extension with the club which will see him combine his current playing duties with a new coaching role focussing on the scrum.

This appointment completes the Warriors coaching panel for next season, with Jason O’Halloran (attack), Kenny Murray (defence), John Dalziel (forwards) and du Plessis (scrum) all working under Dave Rennie.

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“I’m honoured to be given the opportunity to formally move into a coaching role with Glasgow Warriors,” said du Plessis, who celebrated his 38th birthday on Friday. “I’ve enjoyed my time at the club and I’ve been helping to coach the forwards over the last few months, so it’s great that I can now focus more on coaching, although I’ll still be available to play during the Rugby World Cup period.

“I’ve enjoyed getting to know John Dalziel and I’m looking forward to helping him and the other coaches as we prepare for the new campaign.”

Warriors are likely to be without Zander Fagerson and Siua Halanukonuka (who will be away with Scotland and Tonga, respectively, on World Cup duty) at the start of the 2019-20 campaign, so D’Arcy Rae, Adam Nicol and du Plessis will share responsibility for anchoring the scrum during this period.

“We have a young, exciting group of Scottish front-row forwards at the club next season and Petrus will work closely with them on their set-piece. His experience both on and off the pitch will be invaluable during the Rugby World Cup period,” said Rennie.

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