Glasgow suspend Rufus McLean following guilty court plea

The 22-year-old faces a club disciplinary hearing in the coming days

Rufus McLean in action for Glasgow in October last year. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Rufus McLean in action for Glasgow in October last year. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

RUFUS McLean has been suspended by Glasgow “from all club activity” – and faces a club disciplinary hearing in the coming days – after pleading guilty to a charge of domestic abuse.

The Warriors issued a statement explaining their action this evening after the 22-year-old’s court hearing at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.

It read: “Rufus McLean is suspended from all club activity and is unavailable for selection following a guilty plea to charges under the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018 in December 2022. Glasgow Warriors does not condone abuse of any kind and therefore, along with Scottish Rugby, immediately suspended the player following his plea.


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“An internal investigation has been instigated and a disciplinary hearing will be held this week. Legal proceedings in this matter are not concluded therefore no further comment will be made at this time.”

McLean – a winger or full-back who has three Scotland caps but has been omitted from the national squad for the Six Nations – had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to the charge that he had engaged in a course of abusive behaviour towards his partner or ex-partner over a 21-month period from April 2019. Sheriff Matthew Auchincloss deferred sentence until next month.

One of the brightest talents to emerge from Scotland in recent years, McLean went to Merchiston Castle School in Edinburgh and then studied at Strathclyde University. Although he played across the back division during his schooldays, his blistering speed made him a natural for a back-three position.

He represented Scotland at age-group level then signed for the Warriors in the summer of 2020. He made his full Scotland debut in the Autumn 2021 international against Tonga, scoring two tries. He made two more appearances for Scotland last year as well as playing in the ‘A’ international against Chile in Santiago. He has played 26 times for Glasgow.


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