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Brandon Thomson to return to Scotstoun

Stormers fly-half Brandon Thomson will return to Glasgow Warriors on a permanent contract ahead of the 2017/18 season, subject to medical.

The 22-year-old impressed during a short loan spell earlier this year and will return to Scotstoun on a two-year deal within the next couple of months.

Thomson played three times for Glasgow and scored a try on his debut against Ulster.

He can play at fly-half and full-back and has scored 26 points for the Stormers in seven Super Rugby appearances.

Thomson has also represented South Africa U20 at the Junior World Rugby Championship and has played for Western Province in the Provincial Cup and Currie Cup.

His current Stormers teammates Huw Jones and Oli Kebble will also join this summer and other additions to the squad include Adam Hastings from Bath, Callum Gibbins from the Hurricanes, Lelia Masaga from the Chiefs and Samuela Vunisa from Saracens.

Brandon Thomson said: “I’m very excited to be heading back to Scotstoun. I really enjoyed my short stint there earlier in the year and I’m looking forward to many more good times.

“The relationships I built in Glasgow was definitely a big contributing factor to going back, they are a great bunch of guys and made me feel at home right from the start.

“Dave Rennie is an excellent coach and has done very well with the Chiefs, so I’m super excited to have the opportunity to learn and be part of his set-up.

“The likes of Huw (Jones) and Oli (Kebble) also being there is awesome, it’s like bringing a little part of home with me, and I’m sure we’ll do great together in Glasgow colours.

“The crowds at Scotstoun are absolutely amazing. To have a packed stadium week in, week out really makes playing there so exciting. I can’t wait to play in front of the Warriors supporters again.”

Glasgow Warriors assistant coach Jason O’Halloran added: “Brandon really impressed during his short loan spell earlier this year and we’re delighted he has chosen to join us on a two-year contract.

“He is able to play in several positions across the backline and will add to the competition we have at fly-half with Finn (Russell), Peter (Horne) and Adam (Hastings) all battling for the number 10 shirt.”


10 Responses to Scottish Rugby: Glasgow Warriors – Brandon is back

  • 1

    Welcome back to Glasgow Brandon Thomson.

  • 2

    The All Black match day 23 for the Final Test vs BIL (with Test caps in brackets) is:

    1. Joe Moody (27)
    2. Codie Taylor (18)
    3. Owen Franks (93)
    4. Brodie Retallick (63)
    5. Samuel Whitelock (87)
    6. Jerome Kaino (80)
    7. Sam Cane (43)
    8. Kieran Read (99) – Captain
    9. Aaron Smith (61)
    10. Beauden Barrett (52)
    11. Julian Savea (53)
    12. Ngani Laumape (1)
    13. Anton Lienert-Brown (12)
    14. Israel Dagg (64)
    15. Jordie Barrett (1)

    16. Nathan Harris (7)
    17. Wyatt Crockett (61)
    18. Charlie Faumuina (49)
    19. Scott Barrett (7)
    20. Ardie Savea (15)
    21. TJ Perenara (32)
    22. Aaron Cruden (49)
    23. Malakai Fekitoa (23)

    BIL Lions are unchanged from last week.

    15 Liam Williams, 14 Anthony Watson, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Owen Farrell, 11 Elliot Daly, 10 Johnny Sexton, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Taulupe Faletau, 7 Sean O’Brien, 6 Sam Warburton (c), 5 Alun Wyn Jones, 4 Maro Itoje, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 2 Jamie George, 1 Mako Vunipola.
    Subs: 16 Ken Owens, 17 Jack McGrath, 18 Kyle Sinckler, 19 Courtney Lawes, 20 CJ Stander, 21 Rhys Webb, 22 Ben Te’o, 23 Jack Nowell.

  • 3

    @ cane:
    Hi cane how you doing? Yes I saw it’s the same EWIL team as last week. They managed a 3 point win playing against 14 for much of the game last week do you think they can win this test?

  • 4

    @ cane:
    The Lions are going into this test with more continuity in the backline and possibly just shade it in bench options will this be enough though…

  • 5

    @ Bullscot:
    I fully agree, Lions have a very strong bench and the continuity factor you mention, must be an advantage.

    Most NZ changes are forced,
    Naholo KOed.
    Ben Smith concussed.
    Sinny Bill having a holiday.
    Ioane dropped for Savea.
    Fekitoa comes onto the bench.

    Starting and bench forwards are unchanged.

    I have concerns about our inexperienced mid-field backs, and would have started Fekitoa.
    20 yr old Jordie Barrett at 15 also a bit of a worry.

    I have no concerns re the talent and potential of Lienert-Brown, Laumape and Jordie. Just, is this the right time to thrust them into such a huge Game.

    Gatland, Borthwick, Howley and Rowntree are obviously very smart operators……………………………..But so are Smith, Foster and Hansen. They will have done their homework.

    Eden Park is perhaps the hardest place on the planet for a Touring Team to win a Test Match,
    and yes, the Red Army will be there in full voice, so The Lions will have plenty of Support. And yes NZ do have to lose sometime. But 37 Test Matches in a statistic that is hard to ignore.

    I’m going All Blacks by 8.

    And I do hope that this Great occasion is not blemished by a RED Card.
    When people are paying $500 for a ticket, they deserve better.
    They deserve a fair contest. Not sure what the answer to that particular problem is, but it needs to be looked at.

    I’m feeling nervous already ……………………….

    This is a very intriguing encounter.

  • 6

    That’s it official then Cheetahs and Kings out of Super Rugby

  • 7

    Talk of the axed Super teams looking at international options in the news strengthens the case for them joining the PRO12. This will be interesting as the PRO12 normally starts around beginning of September but the last round of matches before the knockout stages of Currie Cup is in mid October. So will Free State and Griquas start the Currie Cup in July with their top players and then when PRO12 starts send out weaker teams to Currie Cup with the best competing for the Cheetahs on PRO12 or whatever it will be called then?

  • 8

    Ok sorry I have been confused about the Cheetahs it seems in fact Cheetahs are Free State playing Super Rugby and Griquas are not part of the Cheetahs franchise, looks like the change happened prior to 2016 season. Still leaves the question unanswered about which players will play Currie Cup when and which will play in an international competition. Is Free State rugby strong enough to compete in two competitions at the same time? I suppose they got to the Rugby Challenge quarter final but are struggling in Super Rugby.

  • 9

    @ Bullscot:
    Its a question both the Cheetahs and Kings will have to answer in a few months time. Its good news for SA, as we will be able to give players a taste of Europe. We could have a situation where players from other franchises don’t want to go to Japan in the SR off season, and look to one of these 2 teams to get a taste of European Rugby, albeit the Pro 12 (14). It begs the question then of what will happen if either or both of the teams qualify for the European Championship?

    But finally some semblance of sanity is prevailing in SA rugby.

  • 10

    @ Lion4ever:
    Hi Lion4ever thanks for your views nice to see them and balance out some of the less favourable response to this in some quarters here.
    As SARU is treating Currie Cup as a secondary watered down competition you wouldn’t blame Cheetahs for putting their best team into PRO Rugby but I don’t know what their existing commitment is towards the Currie Cup i.e. will they be allowed to play in it with a weakened squad that will struggle or will they have to make way another team.
    Quite complicated regarding European Rugby qualification as far as I can tell for SA teams to be able to qualify through PRO Rugby there has to be agreement between PRO Rugby people and EPCR the European competition guys. If they are allowed to qualify by Europe then they just take part in it as European Rugby games don’t run on same weekends as PRO Rugby even if there is some overlap in the season, they schedule the various tournaments around each other. It would mean a lot of extra travel though if any of the SA teams play in PRO and Europe and you raise a good question as they will get a lot more money so would you eventually have the bigger SA teams wanting a cut of the money so what happens to Super Rugby. Intriguing stuff mate could chat a long time about it pull a bar stool and get your pints, if only but too far away for that Beer


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