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, back row flanker Jacob Rowan said that he is excited for the challenge at the Ricoh Arena this Sunday, and added that the players know the responsibility is theirs to deliver against the league leaders.
Ben Morgan was on media duty this week, and as Gloucester prepare for Sunday's trip to Wasps, the number eight is looking forward to see Gloucester go toe-to-toe with another of the Aviva Premiership's front runners.
Tom Marshall scored his first Gloucester try in the 31-23 win over Saracens on Friday evening and was named Man of the Match. Talking to GRTV, he praised the forwards for setting the tone on the night.
Matt Scott was on media duty this week, and the Scottish international spoke about the benefit of having a full week of training with his club mates and the determination to get back to performing well against Saracens this Friday evening.
After the disappointment of last weekend's performance at Leicester, Director of Rugby David Humphreys told GRTV that he expects a big response from Gloucester in Friday's Aviva Premiership fixture at home to Saracens (kick off 7:45pm).
Gloucester battled bravely against Wasps on Sunday, but it was a case of taking chances at the Ricoh Arena. Gloucester didn't make the most of theirs while Wasps did, and that proved to be the difference.
Gloucester were competitive for long periods at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday afternoon, but were left to rue a host of missed scoring opportunities throughout as Wasps hit back to earn a 35-22 Aviva Premiership win.
Gloucester's Ciaran Knight made his first start at tighthead prop, Henry Walker made his first appearance as a second half replacement and Alex Seville also featured as England U20s might it three from three in the U20s Six Nations with a 46-0 win over Italy in Darlington on Friday night.