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 to the local media this week, Richard Hibbard expressed his excitement ahead of the West Country derby and that there is an extra spring in the step of the Cherry and Whites ahead of the tough challenge.
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
Gloucester travel to Italy this weekend to take on Zebre in Round Four of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Cherry and Whites defeated the Italian side 35-10 last Sunday, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys is looking for an improved performance in the return fixture.
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees, speaking to GRTV after the 35-10 over Zebre, was happy with the bonus point win over the Italian side but admitted Gloucester will need to tighten up for the return fixture in Parma.
Gloucester Rugby welcome Sione Kalamafoni, Greig Laidlaw and Tom Palmer back to the starting line up and feature David Halaifonua in a matchday squad for the first time, as they resume Aviva Premiership action against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm on Saturday (kick off 5:30pm).