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Warriors sign Verbakel

Otago lock Rob Verbakel has agreed a deal to join Glasgow Warriors.

The 24-year-old forward will arrive in Scotland next week and revealed he jumped at the chance of the move.

He told "It's a fantastic opportunity for me to be coming to a side who play in two of the best club competitions in the northern hemisphere, the RaboDirect PRO12 and Heineken Cup. I was thrilled to get the call and it wasn't something I needed to think particularly long about."

He added: "I know I'll be arriving with the season already under way but I feel like I'll be showing up battle-hardened after my involvement with Otago and my aim will be to hit the ground running with the Warriors."

Head coach Sean Lineen said: "I'm very pleased to have Rob signed up, both because he's a player who will bring a number of very positive aspects to the group and because of the timing.

"We're delighted to have given so many players to the Scotland squad but it's also good to have a bit more depth in our squad and I'm looking forward to seeing Rob challenge the likes of Tom Ryder, Rob Harley, James Eddie and Nick Campbell for a place in the second row.

"He's a powerful kind of lock, whose basics in the set-piece are very strong and who likes to carry the ball. I'm very confident he will be an asset to the group in what is a vital stage of our season."

Meanwhile, Lineen has made four changes to his starting XV for Friday`s RaboDirect PRO12 clash against Munster at Firhill.

Loose-head prop Jon Welsh picked up an ankle injury in the Ulster game and Ryan Grant comes into the front row as a result. Tom Ryder will pack down beside Nick Campbell, who will be making his first start for the club. Captain Rob Harley switches from second row to blindside flanker, with James Eddie moving to the bench.

The backline is retained, save for a personnel change at scrum-half, where Colin Gregor makes way for Henry Pyrgos, and an injury-enforced switch on the wing, Federico Aramburu replacing Tommy Seymour, who has a back complaint.


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