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.
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