Glasgow pluck age-grade Scotland lock from French lower leagues
Scotland Under-20s forward Hamish Bain has completed a move from Stade Nicois to Glasgow. The 22-year-old lock has spent two seasons learning his trade in the French lower leagues as part of a performance partnership with Scottish Rugby, racking up 37 appearances for Nicois and scoring three tries.
Now the Edinburgh-born second row is looking forward to returning to Scotland after agreeing to link up with new Warriors coach Danny Wilson.
Bain, who was part of the age-grade side that finished fifth at the 2017 World Rugby Under-20 Championship, told the Glasgow club’s website: “It’s exciting to be coming back to Scotland and getting the chance to play rugby on home soil.
“I spoke to Danny and I’ve been really impressed with what he has to say about the club’s culture and his vision for the Warriors. I can’t wait to represent Glasgow. They’re a really strong side and growing up watching Edinburgh and Glasgow it’s kind of a dream come true to have the chance to be playing professional rugby for them.
“I’m honoured to be able to have the chance to compete for the jersey. I enjoyed my time at Stade Nicois and it has been really good for my game. They pride themselves on their physicality and scrummaging which has been great for development as a tight five player.”
Bain joins a list of second row options that also includes former European player of the season Leone Nakarawa, Scotland internationals Scott Cummings and Richie Gray and the recently re-signed Kiran McDonald.
Wilson said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming Hamish into the squad. He is a big young athletic lock with good line-out defence and a rugby brain. He has come through the Scottish system and is spoken of in high regard by John Dalziel, who coached him at Scotland Under-20s.
“Stade Nicois play in a very physical league which will have no doubt helped his development and when he joins us he will have the chance to continue that development and learn from world-class locks like Leone Nakarawa, Richie Gray and Scott Cummings.”
"And are you going to shell out £300-400k for a slightly-better-than-mediocre Super Rugby player, or do you develop young guys?"
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Nice one Nick. He actually reminds me of more physical David Knox - those deft passes to keep the defences guessing still burns in my memory.Go to comments
Great piece Nick - as always. Rassie would snap you up as an analyst - he began his journey in international rugby as just that - for Jake White who has said many times that the WC isn’t won by attack but by defence. And the key to defence is in the centre. Le Roux and Muller, Steyn and Fourie, de Allende and Am pairings have two things in common. WC winners and outstanding defending combinations. Ringrose and Henshaw are very nearly as good on the defence better on attack than any of the SA combinations. If those two combinations (SA and Irish centre parings) face off in the WC first round it is going to be interesting. I think those two combinations are certainly the most settled and arguably the two best in the world.,Go to comments