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Glasgow are feeling pleased after pouncing for a Scottish-qualified 6ft 3in, 110kg prop from Wasps

Glasgow Warriors have bolstered their front row options by signing young Scottish qualified-prop George Thornton.

The prop, who will link up with his new team ahead of the 2019/20 season having signed a two-year deal, is the club’s latest recruit following the signings of second row Andrew Davidson and winger Kyle Steyn.

The 22-year-old loosehead will make the journey north from English Premiership side Wasps having enjoyed two years with the Midlands side’s academy after his time at Bishop Burton College.

Standing at 6’3 and tipping the scales at over 110kg, he was an integral part of the Scotland under-20s side that claimed a best-ever fifth-place finish at the 2017 World Rugby Under 20 Championship in Georgia. Thornton has made four appearances for the Wasps senior squad during his time in Coventry.

Glasgow assistant coach Jonathan Humphreys said: “It’s great for the club and for Scottish Rugby to bring a young, talented Scottish prop back to Scotland.

“George has shown great promise in the Wasps academy and for Scotland U20s and will add strength in depth to Glasgow’s front row next season. This club has a history of nurturing young Scottish front row talent. Zander Fagerson, Jamie Bhatti and D’Arcy Rae have all become internationals while playing here. George is coming to an environment where he can really thrive.”

Following their Champions Cup elimination at the hands of Saracens last Saturday, Glasgow are expecting a huge battle from Ulster when they attempt to pick up the pieces in a PRO14 match at Scotstoun on Friday.

Brad Barritt is held by Stafford McDowall and Sam Johnson during the Champions Cup quarter-final match between Saracens and Glasgow Warriors at Allianz Park. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

“You learn that if you’re not on top form going to a side like Saracens that you’re going to get soundly beaten,” said Humphreys. “Unfortunately for us, we weren’t at the top of our game on Saturday.

“The players don’t feel like they did themselves justice and that’s a tough one to take. We’re keen to show that game doesn’t define us, though. We’ve got at least four games now where its our job to go out and show what does define us before the end of the season.”

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Glasgow are feeling pleased after pouncing for a Scottish-qualified 6ft 3in, 110kg prop from Wasps