Eight join Elite Development roster at Scotstoun

The 15 Scottish Rugby Elite Development players who will be aligned to the Warriors for next season have today been confirmed and there are eight new recruits.Tommy Spinks

They are part of a 26-strong National Elite Development programme, with a further 11 players aligned to Edinburgh Rugby.

The newcomers at Scotstoun include Scotland under-20 captain Tommy Spinks, who recently led the national age-grade side to tenth in the IRB Junior World Championships in New Zealand, who returns north from London Scottish.

Glenn Bryce, the brother of Warriors and Scotland hooker, Kevin Bryce is included within the group. The former Scotland under-20 full-back has played for both Jersey and Doncaster.

Also on board for the first time is Cameron Fenton from Strathallan School/Howe of Fife, Ayr's James Malcolm, Scott Cummings and Andrew Davidson who are both from Kelvinside Academy/Glasgow Hawks, Matt Smith from Stirling County and Zander Fagerson from Glasgow Hawks.

Darcy Rae, Fergus Scott, Andy Redmayne, Ali Price, Jack Steele and Gavin Lowe remain from last season.

Neil Herron, who is aligned to Glasgow next season, was previously an Elite Development player with Scotland 7s.

Stephen Gemmell, Scottish Rugby’s Head of Performance Development, said: “Elite Development Players, aligned to our pro-clubs, work very hard to progress from aspiring professional players to, in some cases, the real deal.

“You just need to look at Matt Scott and Dougie Fife at Edinburgh Rugby or Jonny Gray and Adam Ashe at Glasgow Warriors as examples of what players who really commit to the programme can go on to achieve.

“This coming year, once again under the tutelage of Bryan Easson at Edinburgh and Iain Monaghan at Glasgow, and working very much in tandem with the coaches in the BT Premiership, all of Scottish rugby will look for these talented youngsters to make the step up.”

Elite Development Players aligned to Glasgow Warriors for the 2014/15 season

Props: Darcy Rae (Ayr), Zander Fagerson* (Glasgow Hawks) and Cameron Fenton* (Strathallan School/Howe of Fife)

Hookers: Fergus Scott and James Malcolm* (both Ayr)

Locks: Andy Redmayne (Glasgow Hawks), Scott Cummings* and Andrew Davidson* (both Kelvinside Academy/Glasgow Hawks)

Back-row: Tommy Spinks* (London Scottish) and Matt Smith* (Stirling County)

Scrum-half: Ali Price (Stirling County)

Stand-off: Gavin Lowe (Glasgow Hawks)

Centres: Jack Steele and Neil Herron (both Glasgow Hawks)

Full-back: Glenn Bryce* (Doncaster)

* New EDP player