Rory Sutherland’s move to Glasgow Warriors is confirmed

Scotland and Lions prop has signed a two year deal

Rory Sutherland at last year's Scotland World Cup squad announcement. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Rory Sutherland at last year's Scotland World Cup squad announcement. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

THE long trailed signing of Rory Sutherland by Glasgow Warriors has finally been confirmed, with the Scotland and Lions loose-head prop set to join the Scotstoun club in he summer on a two year deal. The player confirmed the move on a podcast last month, but it did not become official until this [Friday] morning. 

The 31-year-old will move back to Scottish club rugby from French Top 14 side Oyonnax, who offered him a lifeline last October after he found himself clubless at the start of the 2023-24 season. Sutherland first became a free agent when Worcester Warriors went bust a year earlier, but managed to pick-up a short-term deal with Ulster for the remainder of the 2022-23 campaign.

Sutherland spoke from the heart after Worcester’s demise and again during last year’s World Cup about the stress he and his family had endured as a consequence of the uncertainty in his rugby career, and while the Oyonnax deal was a welcome opportunity, he has struggled for game-time this season and his family did not move to France with him.


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“The past couple of years have been tough since I had to leave Worcester,” said Sutherland. “I’ve been at a few clubs and I haven’t had the consistency I’d have liked in my game. This move to Glasgow, and back to Scotland, offers me the chance to work on getting that back into my rugby.

“Glasgow is a really successful team, so to be offered the chance to come to Scotstoun is attractive for any player. For me, it allows me to come back home, and be closer to my family, which will work wonders for me.

“I’ve gotten close to some of the Glasgow players while in camp with Scotland and they talk highly of Franco and the culture in the club. I’m looking forward to that and getting back to the homeland!”

Sutherland – who is originally from Hawick and played for Biggar and Gala before signing his first pro contract with Edinburgh in 2014 – was not selected in Gregor Townsend‘s initial training squad for this Six Nations, but received a call-up ahead of Scotland’s round four match against Italy in Rome, and was then added to the match-day squad for tomorrow [Saturday] afternoon’s campaign finale against Ireland in Dublin.

He is the first Borderer to feature in a match-day squad during this Six Nations campaign. The last time Scotland fielded a team without any players from ‘the South’ before this year was 1925.

Warriors head coach Franco Smith said: “We are pleased to be able to add a prop of Rory’s calibre to our squad ahead of next season.

“His qualities will make him a real asset to our playing group, as we continue to develop our strength in every position.

“We look forward to seeing him in action at Scotstoun over the next couple of seasons and we know that the Warrior Nation will welcome him to our club.”


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6 Comments

  1. Kebble looks like a lay packet player these days….doing bare minimum to earn a wage. Rozza would be a massive upgrade.

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  2. Great to see the big man back on home turf. Still got serious mileage in him and the horsepower to back it up.

  3. When Rory is at his best he can be a huge asset to Glasgow, it will be exciting to see if Franco can bring that out of him.

    Despite having really good quality depth at LH for Glasgow, no one is really standing out as high International quality atm.

    Who goes? Bhatti – Kebble – McBeth – Dell is how i see the pecking order currently, surely they cant all stay. Unless one of them switches to TH.

    • Bhatti has been excellent this and last season. Kebble seems to have too often not played to initial potential and is now IMHO behind McBeth, the coming man. Dell will be off I feel. Sutherland,Bhatti and McBeth is a formidbale bit of quality depth for Warriors

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