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Glasgow sign 2 players including a 124kg Puma and a heavyweight hooker

By Kim Ekin
(Photo by Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images)

Glasgow Warriors have added some beef to their front row options with the signing of two heavyweight forwards this afternoon.

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Tighthead Lucio Sordoni and hooker Gregor Hiddleston will add a total of 38 stone as new head coach Franco Smith invests in size.

The 24-year-old Sordoni has already won his first cap for Glasgow after arriving on trial earlier this year. He has been capped four times by Argentina, most recently in The Rugby Championship against New Zealand in November 2020.

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Standing at 6’3″ and weighing in at 124kg the Rosario-born tight-head has represented both the Jaguares and Melbourne Rebels in Super Rugby. He joins on a two-year contract [subject to visa] adding to the club’s long-standing relationship with Argentinian rugby that also includes team-mates Sebastian Cancelliere, Domingo Miotti and Enrique Pieretto.

Hiddleston is no lightweight either, the hooker weighing in at 120kg and standing 6’2.

Born in Dumfries, the 20-year-old joins on a partnership contract with FOSROC Super6 outfit Stirling Wolves. He also availed of a trial period with the side, training with the senior team this summer.

Formerly of Dumfries Saints and GHA, Hiddleston is also happy in the back-row, offering versatility on the bench in a similar mould to the likes of Alfie Barbeary and Jamie Blamire. A Scotland U20s standout, he was also part of the Glasgow side that claimed victory in the Junior 1872 Cup at Scotstoun in November 2021.

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Franco Smith said of the signings: “We’re looking forward to continuing to work with both of these exciting front row talents.

“Lucio has impressed us with this work ethic and a grit in both games and in training and has thoroughly earned his long-term contact with us.

“Gregor is someone the club have been watching closely during his time with the Stirling Wolves and we’re pleased to be able to offer him the opportunity to grow and develop as part of our squad.”

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