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Sila Puafisi and Hugh Blake sign Glasgow Warriors deals

Published 27/08/2015

Sila Puafisi will join Glasgow after the World Cup
Sila Puafisi will join Glasgow after the World Cup

Glasgow have signed Tonga prop Sila Puafisi from Gloucester and snapped up new Scotland international Hugh Blake on a two-year deal.

Puafisi, a 27-year-old tighthead prop, has 16 caps for his country and made 35 appearances for the European Challenge Cup winners after moving to England in November 2013. He will join Warriors on a one-year deal after the World Cup.

Back-row forward Blake has extended his stay in Glasgow after making his international debut against Ireland this month.

The 22-year-old former New Zealand under-age international has been on loan from Edinburgh since March, after joining the capital side on a trial basis in December 2014.

Glasgow head coach Gregor Townsend said: "We've watched Sila for a while now and he has really impressed us.

"He's been in good form for Tonga in the Pacific Nations Cup and will add to the competition we already have in our front-row next season.

"He played a lot of games for Gloucester last season both in the English Premiership and European Rugby Challenge Cup and we believe he has the all-round game that will fit in well at Scotstoun."

He added: "Hugh will add to the depth in the squad and has the ability to play anywhere in the back-row.

"He is an intelligent rugby player who has a big future in the game.

"We look forward to both players joining us following their international commitments."

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