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First move in SRU/American franchise tie-up sees Glasgow bring in hooker

Glasgow Warriors have offered the Old Glory DC hooker, Jack Iscaro, a training contract until the beginning of the new USA club’s debut Major League Rugby season.

The agreement comes off the back of the partnership between Scottish Rugby and Old Glory DC that was announced in March. Iscaro, 21, is a product of the rugby programme at the University of California, Berkeley, led by former USA head coach Jack Clark.

The Cal programme has produced internationals such as former Cardiff Blues and USA Eagles captain Blaine Scully, as well as the most capped USA international of all time Mike MacDonald.

Iscaro played his youth rugby with the Maryland Exiles programme and his high school rugby with Gonzaga College High School, where he helped to earn two National Championships.

The hooker, who is also capable of playing at prop, is a native to the DC area and will train with the Warriors until December before returning to Washington to represent his home club in their debut MLR season in an expanded 12-team competition from February 2020.

Glasgow Warriors’ head of rugby operations, John Manson, who recently visited Old Glory DC on a consultancy basis, said: “Jack coming to Scotstoun to train in our environment is the first example of the partnership between Old Glory DC and Scottish Rugby being utilised from a talent perspective.

“It’s a great opportunity for an impressive young player to learn in a new setting, working closely with our coaches, trainers and playing squad.”

Iscaro said: “This is a great opportunity for me and I’d like to thank the coaches at Old Glory DC and Glasgow Warriors for facilitating this move. I’m really happy to be in Glasgow and I’m looking forward to the next few months with the Warriors.”

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First move in SRU/American franchise tie-up sees Glasgow bring in hooker