Glasgow Announce New Signings

The Glasgow Warriors are pleased to announce the signing of Border Reivers prop Ed Kalman and National Academy flanker Richie Vernon, as back-five player James Eddie and prop Eric Milligan re-sign with the pro-team.Kalman and Vernon both joined the Reivers in the summer of 2006 but will head to the west at the end of the current season. Kalman, a former player with Whitecraigs, has played most of his adult rugby down south having studied at Cambridge University while Vernon is a High School of Dundee former pupil who has represented Scotland at U19, U21 and sevens levels. Kalman said: a??Obviously this is a great opportunity for me to play my rugby again in Glasgow. The Warriors are going from strength to strength and there will be huge challenges for me to gain my position in the front row. Ia?"m sad to be leaving the Borders because Ia?"ve thoroughly enjoyed my season here but Ia?"ve come to the end of my contract and I have to look ahead to this positive new opportunity.a??Vernon, who has been well supported by the area institute network, said on making the transition from a national academy player to a full time professional: a??Ia?"m really excited about it and was very happy to receive the offer. Ia?"ve spoken to Sean Lineen whoa?'s positive and obviously doing a lot for the team. Glasgow are on the up so Ia?"m looking forward to working hard with the Warriors next season. I hope I can be part of their continued improvement.a??Warriors coach Sean Lineen said: a??Ed is a Whitecraigs lad so hea?'s returning to rugby in Glasgow. Within the squad wea?"ll be really competitive in the front row next season and Ed brings with him great technique and skill in the scrum.a??Richie is an exciting young player and a promising flanker. He will add to our current back row stable and brings great skills and real pace. Hea?'s a tall, versatile player with a big future ahead of him,a?? he added. On the two re-signing, Lineen said: a??Eric is a Glasgow lad through and through and this is recognition for his enthusiasm this season. Hea?'s up to the right level now and will add to the competition in the front row with his dedication and hard work. James is developing well as an explosive back-five player and this is also a reward for his continued determination this year. I expect a lot from both players in the seasons ahead.a??All four players have signed two year deals with the Warriors._ED KALMAN (Border Reivers)Prop. Born: 7.12.82 in Plymouth. Height: 6ft 2in (1.88m). Weight: 18st 12lb (120kg).Edward David Kalman, who joined Border Reivers in summer 2006, was at tight head in the Cambridge team who beat Oxford in the 2005 University match at Twickenham. His competition debut for Reivers was a replacement against Connacht at Netherdale on the opening day of the 2006-2007 Magners League, and he had his first start the following month in the victory against another Irish province, Leinster, also at Netherdale. His first Reivers try was in the Heineken Cup victory against Overmach Parma at Netherdale in October 2006, and he made his first appearance in a national context as a replacement for Scotland A against their Australian counterparts at McDiarmid Park, Perth, in November 2006. He also had a replacement role in the A international victory against Italy on the same ground three months later. Ed is a product of the Whitecraigs club, having played in the Glasgow south-side club for 10 years from the age of 8. While at Belmont House School in Whitecraigs, he played for Glasgow Schools, and he went on to have two seasons in the Glasgow under-20 team from 2000 to 2002. His adult rugby has been in England, first with Durham University while he was studying for a physics degree. He was then in Newcastle Falconsa?" development squad, and in February 2005 he was loaned to Leeds Tykes as emergency cover for one game. At Cambridge (Fitzwilliam College) he read an MPhil in Technology Policy.RICHIE VERNON (Border Reivers and Stewarta?'s Melville FP)Back row/lock. Born: 7.7.87 in Dundee. Height: 6ft 5in (1.97m). Weight: 16st 4lb (104kg).Richard John Vernon joined Border Reivers as an apprentice in summer 2006 and made his professional debut in January 2007 in the Heineken Cup match against Northampton Saints at Murrayfield. The following month he was at No.8 for Scotland in the under-20 internationals against England and Wales. Richie has played for Scotland at under-18A, under-18, and under-19 grades as well as the Scotland sevens squad, and he was in the Great Britain sevens squad in the 2005 World Games in Duisburg, Germany. Later that year he scored a try against Italy on his under-19 international debut, and he went on to form an ever-present second-row partnership with Steve Turnbull throughout Scotlanda?'s four matches in season 2005-2006. He was also an ever-present in the IRB Under 19 World Championship in Dubai in April 2006. Richie was Scotlanda?'s top try-scorer in that tournament with two against Japan and one each against Romania and Samoa. The High School of Dundee former pupil, who has played also for Caledonia under-16 and under-18, is a member of both the Scottish Rugby National Academy and the Tayside and Fife Institute of Sport. He is studying medicine at Edinburgh University.International record: Scotland u18, u18A, u19, u20 and Scotland sevens (2 caps) and Great Britain sevens.The Glasgow Warriors are pleased to announce the signing of Border Reivers prop Ed Kalman and National Academy flanker Richie Vernon, as back-five player James Eddie and prop Eric Milligan re-sign with the pro-team.Kalman and Vernon both joined the Reivers in the summer of 2006 but will head to the west at the end of the current season. Kalman, a former player with Whitecraigs, has played most of his adult rugby down south having studied at Cambridge University while Vernon is a High School of Dundee former pupil who has represented Scotland at U19, U21 and sevens levels. Kalman said: a??Obviously this is a great opportunity for me to play my rugby again in Glasgow. The Warriors are going from strength to strength and there will be huge challenges for me to gain my position in the front row. Ia?"m sad to be leaving the Borders because Ia?"ve thoroughly enjoyed my season here but Ia?"ve come to the end of my contract and I have to look ahead to this positive new opportunity.a??Vernon, who has been well supported by the area institute network, said on making the transition from a national academy player to a full time professional: a??Ia?"m really excited about it and was very happy to receive the offer. Ia?"ve spoken to Sean Lineen whoa?'s positive and obviously doing a lot for the team. Glasgow are on the up so Ia?"m looking forward to working hard with the Warriors next season. I hope I can be part of their continued improvement.a??Warriors coach Sean Lineen said: a??Ed is a Whitecraigs lad so hea?'s returning to rugby in Glasgow. Within the squad wea?"ll be really competitive in the front row next season and Ed brings with him great technique and skill in the scrum.a??Richie is an exciting young player and a promising flanker. He will add to our current back row stable and brings great skills and real pace. Hea?'s a tall, versatile player with a big future ahead of him,a?? he added. On the two re-signing, Lineen said: a??Eric is a Glasgow lad through and through and this is recognition for his enthusiasm this season. Hea?'s up to the right level now and will add to the competition in the front row with his dedication and hard work. James is developing well as an explosive back-five player and this is also a reward for his continued determination this year. I expect a lot from both players in the seasons ahead.a??All four players have signed two year deals with the Warriors._ED KALMAN (Border Reivers)Prop. Born: 7.12.82 in Plymouth. Height: 6ft 2in (1.88m). Weight: 18st 12lb (120kg).Edward David Kalman, who joined Border Reivers in summer 2006, was at tight head in the Cambridge team who beat Oxford in the 2005 University match at Twickenham. His competition debut for Reivers was a replacement against Connacht at Netherdale on the opening day of the 2006-2007 Magners League, and he had his first start the following month in the victory against another Irish province, Leinster, also at Netherdale. His first Reivers try was in the Heineken Cup victory against Overmach Parma at Netherdale in October 2006, and he made his first appearance in a national context as a replacement for Scotland A against their Australian counterparts at McDiarmid Park, Perth, in November 2006. He also had a replacement role in the A international victory against Italy on the same ground three months later. Ed is a product of the Whitecraigs club, having played in the Glasgow south-side club for 10 years from the age of 8. While at Belmont House School in Whitecraigs, he played for Glasgow Schools, and he went on to have two seasons in the Glasgow under-20 team from 2000 to 2002. His adult rugby has been in England, first with Durham University while he was studying for a physics degree. He was then in Newcastle Falconsa?" development squad, and in February 2005 he was loaned to Leeds Tykes as emergency cover for one game. At Cambridge (Fitzwilliam College) he read an MPhil in Technology Policy.RICHIE VERNON (Border Reivers and Stewarta?'s Melville FP)Back row/lock. Born: 7.7.87 in Dundee. Height: 6ft 5in (1.97m). Weight: 16st 4lb (104kg).Richard John Vernon joined Border Reivers as an apprentice in summer 2006 and made his professional debut in January 2007 in the Heineken Cup match against Northampton Saints at Murrayfield. The following month he was at No.8 for Scotland in the under-20 internationals against England and Wales. Richie has played for Scotland at under-18A, under-18, and under-19 grades as well as the Scotland sevens squad, and he was in the Great Britain sevens squad in the 2005 World Games in Duisburg, Germany. Later that year he scored a try against Italy on his under-19 international debut, and he went on to form an ever-present second-row partnership with Steve Turnbull throughout Scotlanda?'s four matches in season 2005-2006. He was also an ever-present in the IRB Under 19 World Championship in Dubai in April 2006. Richie was Scotlanda?'s top try-scorer in that tournament with two against Japan and one each against Romania and Samoa. The High School of Dundee former pupil, who has played also for Caledonia under-16 and under-18, is a member of both the Scottish Rugby National Academy and the Tayside and Fife Institute of Sport. He is studying medicine at Edinburgh University.International record: Scotland u18, u18A, u19, u20 and Scotland sevens (2 caps) and Great Britain sevens.