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Wasps bring in veteran prop Reid from the Scottish Premiership

By Liam Heagney

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Wasps have signed ex-Scotland prop Gordon Reid on a short-term deal. Last capped at the World Cup in 2019, the 34-year-old loosehead has been playing recently in the Scottish Premiership for Marr. 

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The front-row’s seven seasons at Glasgow were followed by another two at London Irish ahead of the Japanese World Cup where he won the last of his 41 caps in the pool stage elimination defeat to Japan. 

From there the 120kg prop switched to Super 6 side Ayrshire Bulls in 2019/20 before having a cover stint with Northampton. Reid will now return to the English top-flight to provide cover at loosehead while Ben Harris and Tom West recover from their respective injuries. Robin Hislop is also currently away with the Scotland squad.

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After confirming the Reid deal, Wasps boss Lee Blackett said: “We are very happy to bring in someone of Gordon’s experience as short-term cover for us. Gordon will be vital for us while we are without Ben and Tom and while Robin could be away with Scotland.

“Gordon has played a lot of games at the highest level and as an experienced prop, he will bring a lot to our scrum. We have thoroughly enjoyed having him as part of the group in the short time he has been with us and we can’t wait to continue working with him.”

Reid added: “I am delighted to get the opportunity to come back and play in the Gallagher Premiership. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in Marr, but this was an opportunity that I couldn’t turn down. Wasps are a great club with a lot of heritage. It is fantastic to be part of a club like that.”

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Wasps finished off their opening block of games in the 2021/22 Premiership with a disappointing home defeat to Harlequins last Sunday. They now open their Premiership Cup campaign with a trip next Saturday to Newcastle.

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