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Glasgow sign Ruaridh Mackenzie

Published 18/10/2016

Glasgow have signed Ruaridh Mackenzie
Glasgow have signed Ruaridh Mackenzie

Glasgow have signed Ruaridh Mackenzie in partnership with Ayr.

The 21-year-old back-row forward has returned to Scotland after leaving his native country for New Zealand aged just three months.

Mackenzie - whose father Gregor played for Scotland once, against Australia in 1984 - will divide his time between Warriors and Ayr after signing a contract until the end of the season.

He scored a try off the bench on his Ayr debut during Saturday's victory over Glasgow Hawks.

Mackenzie attended Christchurch Boys High School, following the likes of Dan Carter, Sir Graham Henry and Steve Hansen in playing for its rugby team, before moving to Queensland Reds' academy.

Mackenzie said: "I'm excited about what's to come. I have strong roots in Scotland, having been born here and all my family are Scottish. It's great to come back to play my rugby in Scotland."

Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend said: "It's a great opportunity for Ruaridh to immerse himself in our culture and style of play.

"He has already made a positive impression in training and on his debut for Ayr at the weekend.

"Spending time with both clubs will really benefit Ruaridh and we're looking forward to seeing him continue his development."

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