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Warriors capture Ryder

Glasgow Warriors have signed Saracens lock Tom Ryder on a two-month loan deal.

The powerful 6ft 5in player has made 95 appearances for Saracens since moving from Leicester`s youth set-up.

The 25-year-old played for England at several age levels but he qualifies to represent Scotland through his Glaswegian father.

Ryder, who trained with his new team-mates on Thursday, said: "Glasgow had a great season last year so I'm delighted to get the opportunity to be part of a fantastic squad and train in world-class facilities."

He added: "There tends to be more rugby played in the Magners League - the teams are a lot more willing to play rugby which I think will suit my style of play where the players play in a less confined structure.

"I pride myself on being a physical and ball-carrying lock and am looking forward to bringing my experience to Glasgow and helping them match and better their successes last season."

Glasgow head coach Sean Lineen added: "He's a very mobile, modern-day lock and is incredibly hungry. You can see his ambition when you speak to him and I applaud his attitude.

"(Saracens director of rugby) Brendan Venter was very accommodating - the situation works for both clubs.

"They're very ambitious and Tom needs game time while we get a quality lock, desperate to force his way back into regular rugby.

"At present this is a loan arrangement to bolster our squad as we seek to match and surpass our achievements last season, which will ask a lot of an already young squad."


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