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.
Willi Heinz scored Gloucester's second try as the Cherry and Whites overturned a disappointing first 40 minutes and 0-6 half time deficit, to earn a 26-18 Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol Rugby on Saturday.
It's the first Gloucester-Bristol derby at Kingsholm in over eight years this Saturday (kick off 4:30pm) and, previewing the game with the local media this week, Defence Coach Jonny Bell stressed that, with both teams in the bottom half of the table, they both need the points.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester front rower John Afoa knows the challenge ahead this week against Bristol, and calls on the Cherry and Whites to make the most of home advantage as a determined squad look to bounce back from a narrow loss to Saracens.
Tom Savage speaks to GRTV and the local media as Gloucester went down by 24-20 at Saracens on Sunday afternoon. The second row was disappointed with the result, despite a strong showing from the hosts.
Speaking immediately after the game, skipper Willi Heinz thought that Gloucester had executed their game plan reasonably well and competed hard against Saracens. However, it wasn't enough but the squad will have plenty to work on this week ahead of the derby match against Bristol.
Gloucester may be coming off their best win of the season, the 38-16 victory over Wasps last weekend, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys admits that Sunday's trip to Saracens is an even tougher test.
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Gloucester return to European Rugby Challenge Cup action on Thursday evening with the visit of Stade Rochelais to Kingsholm (kick off 7:45pm). Early Bird ticket prices are available until 6:30pm on matchday.
Talk about a game of two halves. Things looked grim on Saturday as Gloucester trailed 0-6 to Bristol at half-time. However, Matt Scott's eighth try of the season got Gloucester off and running, and the visitors fell apart as the Cherry and Whites eased to a 26-18 bonus point Aviva Premiership win.