Flockhart and Nairn added to squad for new season
BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy duo Bruce Flockhart and Robbie Nairn have signed one-year deals with Glasgow Warriors.
Both will make the step up to full professional contracts from next season adding to the club’s already long list of successful BT Sport Academy graduates.
Flockhart returns to Scotland having spent last season on loan at French Federale 2 club, Stade Nicois.
The 20-year-old Number 8 had previously played for Glasgow Hawks in the BT Premiership and was also a member of the Scotland U20 squad that recorded a best-ever finish at a World Rugby U20 Championship in Georgia last summer.
Standing at 6ft 5in and weighing 108kg, Flockhart attended Strathallan School along with current Warriors George Horne, Matt and Zander Fagerson.
Nairn joined the BT Sport Academy last season from English Premiership side Harlequins and featured in Glasgow’s pre-season fixture against Northampton Saints at Bridgehaugh last year.
Currently aligned to Ayr in the BT Premiership, the 21-year-old began his rugby career at Currie before moving to London in 2015.
The winger travelled to two HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series tournaments with Scotland last season and was also a member of the Scotland U20 squad which finished fifth in Georgia.
Nairn could feature against his former side, Harlequins in The Famous Grouse Pre-Season Challenge in Perth on Saturday 18 August.
Flockhart and Nairn will join USA international David Tameilau in the Warriors squad next season, while DTH van der Merwe re-joined the club in March and George Turner made his loan move from Edinburgh permanent at the start of the year.
Speaking to glasgowwarriors.org, Bruce Flockhart, said: "Speaking to Dave (Rennie) he gave me an idea of what he’s looking for from his back-row. One of the goals was for me to develop physically in France and, as a young player, French rugby has been perfect for me in that regard.
"My time in the BT Sport Academy, straight from school, has given me a taste of what professional rugby is about and was great for my development. Next season my goal is to learn as much as I can from the players around me and take my opportunities when they come."
Robbie Nairn said: "It’s incredibly exciting to sign a professional deal with Glasgow Warriors. I’ve had a frustrating year, I had great fun playing for the Warriors in pre-season and was playing well before I got injured. I feel like I’ve shown bits of what I can do but I’m looking forward to getting into pre-season and giving a good account of myself in front of all of the coaches.
"I spent a lot of time in the Warriors environment last season and I learned the standards that are expected at this club. Dave’s focus on basic skill levels has really helped me and there’s always a lot of concise feedback. Developing a relationship with coaches is important for a young guy like myself and I’m going to try and learn as much as I can from them and my teammates too.
"Playing against Harlequins in pre-season this year will be a bit of a strange one. I’m focused on having a good pre-season and it would be good to get selected for that game and catch up with some old friends and hopefully get the win. I just want to give a good account of myself in the first few weeks of the new season and take it from there."
2018/19 Season Ticket and Warrior Nation Members can purchase tickets for The Famous Grouse Pre-Season Challenge in Perth in a pre-sale window from tomorrow (Friday 8 June). The public sale will commence on Monday 18 June at 10am from glasgowwarriors.org.
Season Ticket Members can renew their memberships for the 2018/19 season HERE until Friday 13 July.
Jonny Gray joined the Warriors as a Scottish Rugby Elite Development player in the summer of 2012 after a number of standout displays for Hamilton and Scotland under-20.