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Strauss wants trophies with Glasgow

Glasgow's Josh Strauss has extended his Warriors stay because be believes the Scotstoun men are on the verge of finally ending their trophy drought.

The South African back-rower has joined Fijian team-mate Leone Nakarawa in penning a fresh two-year deal with Gregor Townsend's side.

The forward duo will now be tied to Glasgow until May 2017 having committed their futures to the club just a week after Stuart Hogg and Lee Jones did the same.

Glasgow are just a point off the top of the the Guinness Pro12 and Strauss - who will become eligible to represent Scotland in time for next year's World Cup - believes his club are primed to win their first ever title.

The powerful Number eight said: "I've learnt a lot working with the players and coaches at Scotstoun and it was a good decision to move to Glasgow from South Africa in 2012.

"I've enjoyed the last three years at the club and I really like the group of players that are here. I've developed playing in the Pro12 and European Rugby Champions Cup and I'm happy to be staying.

"I'm ambitious and I want to win trophies and I believe I have the best chance of doing that at the Warriors."

Nakarawa arrived in Glasgow in the summer of 2013 and has gone on to make 30 appearances for the club.

He said: "Signing my first professional contract with Glasgow was a big move for me and I'm really enjoying playing for the club and I'm very happy living in the city.

"We have excellent players and coaches at Scotstoun and I believe I can continue to improve working with them ."

Townsend, speaking ahead of Sunday's European Rugby Champions Cup clash with French giants Toulouse, added: "Josh and Leone have made a big impact since they joined us and it's a big boost for everyone at the club that they're staying.

"We really appreciate the continued backing from Scottish Rugby to make these deals possible.

"Leone has worked really hard in training to adapt to the 15-a-side game, having predominately played sevens before arriving in Glasgow and he's now a regular in the Fiji national squad.

"He has a wide variety of skills, which gives us something different and he's versatile, being able to play in the second-row and back-row.

"Josh is part of our leadership group and has captained the side. When he first came over he settled in really well and has adapted quickly to our style of play.

"He will continue to have a big role to play at the club both on and off the pitch."

Meanwhile, Canadian back Connor Braid has agreed a permanent deal with London Scottish until the end of the season, which will see him loaned back to the Warriors for a short period during next year's RBS 6 Nations.

Braid spent three weeks on loan at London Scottish in October and has made three competitive appearances for the Warriors.


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