Warriors sign winger McFarland

Glasgow Warriors have signed speedster Max McFarland on a partnership contract with Scotland 7s until the end of the season. 

Should the winger emulate his sprint personal bests of 1.51 seconds over 10 metres and 3.63 seconds over 30 metres, he would break the all time Glasgow Warriors speed record for those distances, currently set by Lee Jones.

A product of the Leinster Academy, Irish-born McFarland qualifies for Scotland through his grandfather from Glasgow and represented Scotland 7s previously at the 2014 Grand Prix Series in Manchester.

McFarland went to Clongowes Wood College whose notable alumni include Irish rugby greats Gordon D’Arcy, Fergus McFadden and the Kearney brothers.

The 24-year old has represented Ireland at all age grade levels up to and including U20s and won the All Ireland League with his club Clontarf in 2015.

In his time in Scotland previously, the winger trained with Edinburgh Rugby and played for both Boroughmuir and Watsonians in the BT Premiership. He returns to Scotland having spent a pre-season with Munster.

Speaking exclusively to Warriors TV, McFarland said: “The opportunity to work under Dave Rennie was a huge pull to come to Glasgow.

“One of my coaches back in Clontarf used to work with Dave and I’ve only ever heard the best of things so I’m really looking forward to training under his guidance.

“The 7s are such a great group of boys, a good mix of experience and young fellas coming through and I’m excited to be involved with them as well as Glasgow.”

Glasgow Warriors Assistant Coach Jason O'Halloran said: “Max is an exciting player who’s acceleration has the ability to cause teams problems. He will add to our already healthy competition in the wing position and we’re excited to see what he’s capable of."