Rory Lawson has joined Gloucester on a two-year deal
GLOUCESTER Rugby are delighted to announce the arrival of scrum-half Rory Lawson on a two-year contract.
The Edinburgh number nine has completed a switch to Kingsholm to provide competition in the half-back area of Dean Ryan's squad.
Lawson, who is currently in the Scotland Sevens squad on duty in the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, has already skippered the Gunners in the Heineken Cup this season and Ryan was thrilled to secure his services.
"Rory is here to provide competition in the scrum-half area," Ryan told www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk. "We believe he is an outstanding prospect and someone who can only benefit the club in the long-term.
"We are always looking to develop and improve and Rory can play a key role in that. He is not solely a sevens specialist and we want him to really challenge people like Peter Richards and Haydn Thomas next season.
"He is the number three scrum-half in Scotland and has ambitions to move even higher so I believe we have got ourselves a really good player who will only get better - it is another great signing for us."
The 24-year-old has made five starts this season and has learnt much of his trade behind Scotland's first-choice scrum-half Mike Blair, who has been one of the stand-out performers in the Six Nations Championship.
But with Blair's involved in the Six Nations, Lawson captained the side in their last two games, against Cardiff and Ulster, and his arrival at Kingsholm will be a major boost to Ryan as he continues his building process ahead of next season.
Former Heriots FP player Lawson, who is the son of former Scotland star Alan Lawson and 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.
Speaking after the 37-8 European Rugby Challenge Cup win over Benetton Treviso, James Hook admitted that the Italian side made things tough for Gloucester at times but that the Cherry and Whites are happy to take the bonus point win and turn their focus to Northampton next week.
Speaking to GRTV after the game, Backs Coach Tim Taylor was happy with the squad as they cruised to victory over Treviso. The result wasn't in doubt, but the Cherry and Whites laboured to secure a crucial try bonus point.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester Rugby centre Matt Scott is excited to take the field again as the Cherry and Whites look to build on the win in Bayonne when Treviso come to Kingsholm this Saturday.
Defence Coach Jonny Bell admitted this week that the European Rugby Challenge Cup victory in Bayonne was a welcome one, stressed that Benetton Treviso will pose a tough test on Saturday at Kingsholm but that Gloucester are determined to deliver in front of their own fans.
Motu Matu'u is looking to make up for lost time this week as the Cherry and Whites head to Basque Country to take on Bayonne in the European Rugby Challenge Cup opener. The Samoan hooker made his first appearance in the jersey last weekend, and is hoping to contribute to the team this weekend.
Gloucester's attentions turn to Europe this weekend as they travel to Bayonne for their opening fixture of this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup. Forwards Coach Trevor Woodman told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will be aiming to top their pool as they've done for the past two seasons, but is well aware of how tough it is to win in France.
Although understandably disappointed at seeing victory slip away at the last minute, Ben Morgan said after the game at Exeter that there were plenty of positives that Gloucester could take from the game.
Gloucester made it two wins from two outings in this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup as they outplayed Benetton Treviso at Kingsholm to win by 37 points to 8, the bonus point try coming with the final play of the game.