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Warriors to release trio

Glasgow trio Ed Kalman, Scott Wight and Finlay Gillies will all be released at the end of the season, the club have announced.

Kalman has been forced to retire from professional rugby as a result of a back injury.

Sevens specialists Wight and Gillies will also move on after making a combined 50 appearances for the Warriors, who take on Munster in the RaboDirect PRO12 semi-finals on Friday.

Prop Kalman, who has made 101 appearances for the club since joining from Border Reivers in 2007, said: "I would like to thank all the staff at Glasgow Warriors for all they have done for me over the years.

"I would also like to thank all the players I have shared the field with - they have become more than just team-mates, they have become my friends.

"Having taken a rather unconventional route to professional rugby through Durham and Cambridge University, the idea that I would play even one game of professional rugby seemed implausible, so to have played for over eight years and to have represented my country is beyond anything I could have ever dreamed of.

"Coming to play for the Warriors after my time with the Borders was a real homecoming for me.

"Glasgow is the city I grew up in and call home and to have represented the city and its fans over 100 times is my proudest achievement.

"I wish the team all the best on Friday night."

Glasgow head coach Gregor Townsend said: "Ed has played a big role at the club in recent years and this season he became one of our centurions.

"He has also been in the best form of his career and we're disappointed for him that he has to retire. We wish him all the very best for the future.

"Scott and Finlay have played a lot with Scotland 7s this season and were also key players in our victory at Melrose 7s.

"They've put a lot of work in at training and have contributed to what has been a real squad effort over the last couple of years.

"We would like to thank them both and we wish them all the best in the next stage of their careers."

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