Rory Lawson is delighetd to be in the Guinness Premiership
RORY LAWSON has insisted the chance to play his rugby in the Guinness Premiership was simply too good to turn down - and believes the English league is 'centre stage in the rugby world.'
Gloucester's new recruit from the Edinburgh Gunners, who begins his two-year Kingsholm contract in the summer, also praised the ambition and commitment of coaches Dean Ryan and Bryan Redpath as major reasons for moving south.
The 24-year-old is currently in Australia preparing for the Commonwealth Games, but told www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk. "Dean Ryan and Bryan Redpath certainly made things easier for me. They were just so positive about everything, are hugely ambitious and very committed to the club. Overall, they made it a very attractive option for me to join a club that is really building.
"My Dad [former Scotland star Alan Lawson] came down and played for London Scottish and never regretted it. He said the competition was excellent and these days the Guinness Premiership is at the centre stage of the rugby world.
"I didn't want to look back at my career and regret I didn't attempt to play at that level. The decision to leave is always difficult but in the end I knew I had to make it to further my career."
Lawson has made five appearances for the Gunners this season but is behind Scotland's first choice number nine Mike Blair in the pecking order.
But with Blair's involvement in the Six Nations, Lawson captained the side in their last two games, against Cardiff and Ulster. The former Heriots FP star who is the grandson of commentator Bill McLaren, has scored two tries for Edinburgh and has helped them to third spot in the Celtic League this season.
"It was frustrating at Edinburgh with Mike Blair up there too," he said. "He has obviously been in outstanding form this season but when I was given my chance, I thought I made the most of the opportunities.
"I thought I had shown my hand in that sort of environment but to get the chance in the Premiership at a club like Gloucester is fantastic and I am really looking forward to the challenges it will throw at me.
"There is no such thing as a comfort zone in the Premiership and I am really excited about stretching and pushing myself to the limit.
"Gloucester is a massive club with an incredible tradition and I hope I can add to that next season."
Speaking to GRTV after the 40-29 Aviva A League win over Wasps Rugby, Academy Coach Rich Whiffin explained his pride in the squad to overcome a strong opponent and book their spot in next week's Aviva A League final.
Willi Heinz returned from injury to skipper Gloucester to a famous 16-14 win over Stade Rochelais on Saturday evening. Speaking after the game in France, Heinz admitted the win wasn't pretty but was full of courage and a great result for the club.
Billy Burns contributed all Gloucester's points in the 16-14 European Rugby Challenge Cup win in La Rochelle on Saturday evening, but dedicated the victory to the whole squad whilst also praising the travelling support.
Speaking after Gloucester's brave 16-14 win against Stade Rochelais which clinches a European Rugby Challenge Cup final spot, Director of Rugby David Humphreys paid tribute to the way the team had executed the game plan in a hostile environment against quality opposition.
Greig Laidlaw returns to the Gloucester Rugby squad this week, and his inclusion is an important one after a serious ankle injury. The Scottish scrum half is determined to drive the team forward in their European Rugby Challenge Cup semi final in La Rochelle this Saturday.
Gloucester take on La Rochelle in the European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final in France on Saturday evening, with the Top 14 side the favourites in the eyes of the bookmakers. However, David Humphreys is looking for his side to rise to the occasion against a familiar opponent.
Speaking to GRTV after Saturday's 39-30 Aviva Premiership win over Sale, Mark Atkinson admitted that the performance wasn't perfect but that the team's character shone through in a game that could easily have slipped away.
Scotland scrum-half Greig Laidlaw is targeting a 'unique' finish to his Gloucester tenure in the European Rugby Challenge Cup final at the venue where his professional playing career began, BT Murrayfield Stadium (Friday 12 May).
Gloucester's young United side once again dug deep to take an illustrious scalp, overturning a half-time deficit to earn a 40-29 victory over Wasps and earn a place in the Aviva Premiership A League final.