FORMER Scotland Under-20s captain and Glasgow Warriors Academy member Rhys Tait has signed for Doncaster Knights, having spent the latter part of last season on loan with English Championship (second tier) club.
Originally from Hawick, Tait was assigned to Boroughmuir Bears Super Series side during his time as a stage three member of the Scottish Rugby Academy. He’s the second promising back-rower from the Borders to leave the Scottish academy set-up in recent months, following the release of Rudi Brown by Edinburgh at the start of April.
“We’re delighted that Rhys has come on board with us for next year,” said Doncaster head coach Steve Boden. “Obviously, we got a good look at what he can do last year with him coming on loan at the back end of the season.
“He’s a young man with a lot of aspiration and ambition. He’s very comfortable on the ball and has got a very good skill-set, and he’s hungry to try to kick-on his rugby career.
“So, we think he’s going to add some great competition within our environment, and we’re looking to see him grow in a Doncaster shirt.”
Tait, who led Scotland Under-20s during the 2022 Six Nations campaign, scored a brace of tries on his Knights debut against Bedford Blues in February.
“I was welcomed into the squad straight away by all the players and coaches, and I really enjoyed the tight knit group atmosphere in training and games. So, I’m delighted to have signed for the Knights for next season,” he said.
Glasgow Warriors have some serious competition in the back-row. Matt Fagerson, Jack Dempsey and Rory Darge are key Scotland squad members, Tongan cap Sione Vailanu was a big hit this season, Tom Gordon has been a reliable option at openside since 2018, Ally Miller has struggled for game-time since making the switch west from Edinburgh in 2021, while youngsters Gregor Brown and Euan Ferrie are well on their way to establishing themselves in the squad.
Warriors have also signed South African journeyman Henco Venter for next season.