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Former All Black set for Glasgow

Glasgow Warriors have announced the signing of Angus Macdonald, a back-row forward who has won two caps for New Zealand.

The 31-year-old, normally a blindside flanker, will arrive in Scotland this summer from Japanese side Coca-Cola West Red Sparks, and has signed a two-year contract subject to a visa.

Macdonald was previously captain of Blues and helped them to the Super 14 title in 2003.

One of his two appearances for the All Blacks came in 29-10 win over Scotland at Murrayfield in 2005.

Macdonald's father, Hamish, played 12 times for the All Blacks in the 1980s and his uncle, Doug Bruce, won 14 caps.

Macdonald told "Since this move became a possibility, I've been keeping a close eye on how the team have been performing in the RaboDirect PRO12, and it's clear they've got a tremendous spirit and sense of purpose in what they do.

"They've got every chance of making the play-offs and they've recruited and retained a good number of players, so it's a positive environment to be coming into. The aim will be to use everything I've learned in the southern hemisphere to bring my own influence to the table.

"My overriding feeling right now is one of real anticipation. It's a great new challenge for me, and one I can't wait to get stuck into."

Sean Lineen, who steps down as head coach at the end of the season to lead the Scottish Rugby Union's player recruitment efforts, said: "Angus is a big, tough rawbone Kiwi whom I'm convinced the supporters and other players will love.

"He meets all the criteria - he's hard working, uncompromising, honest and can play a bit as well. He's desperate to come here, which is exactly the attitude you want to see from a prospective signing."


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