Rory Darge agrees terms on long-term contract extension with Glasgow Warriors

Flanker's career trajectory has taken off since switching from Edinburgh to Scotstoun late last season

Rory Darge has signed a contract extension with Glasgow Warriors. Image: Craig Watson
Rory Darge has signed a contract extension with Glasgow Warriors. Image: Craig Watson

RORY DARGE has signed “a new and improved long-term contract with Glasgow Warriors”, on a deal understood to be for four years. The 22-year-old flanker has emerged as one of the hottest prospects in Scottish rugby since making the move from Edinburgh to Scotstoun at the tail-end of last season, and recently picked up his first senior Scotland cap.

Such has been Darge’s impact in a Glasgow shirt, the flanker has claimed the McCrea Financial Services Warrior of the Month award on three of the six occasions it has been handed out since his arrival at Scotstoun.

“The last year has gone by so quickly,” said Darge, who is initially a product of the prolific North Berwick rugby nursery “From my debut for Glasgow, to my first URC game, to my first European game and now to my Scotland debut, it’s been unbelievable.

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“It was a really easy decision to commit my future to this club. I’m loving life at Scotstoun. I knew a few of the boys before making the move across last year, especially guys like Rufus McLean, Ross Thompson and Ollie Smith that I came through the age grades with, but everyone’s been so good with me. I’ve settled in so quickly and I can’t imagine being anywhere else.

“All the guys in the back-row have been a massive help to me, in particular. Ryan Wilson as co-captain has been a big influence, but there’s also guys like Thomas Gordon, Jack Dempsey, Matt Fagerson – all these guys help me to push on and aim to be the best I can be. Danny Wilson and Nigel Carolan have been helping me develop my work at the contact and in attack, too, and I can’t wait to keep developing at this club.

“The URC is such a brilliant competition to develop my game in, too. To be able to test myself against World Cup winners on the South African teams, the top quality guys from the Irish teams at the top of the league and the best that Wales and Italy have to offer, that’s such a massive boost for both myself and the club. We want to be challenging at the top and it shows us the standard that we need to be at.”

Warriors head coach Danny Wilson added: “We’re thrilled to secure Rory’s long-term future at the club. He’s been impressive from the minute he stepped into the building last April, displaying an outstanding level of professionalism and calmness for such a young player.

“Every challenge that has been put in front of him so far, he has embraced and his performances for both us and Scotland showcase his work rate and skill set.

“For Rory to be a Glasgow Warrior for the long-term is very exciting and we’re looking forward to continuing to watch him develop and grow in the jersey.”

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