The Falcons have announced a third international signing of the week, with the rumours of Rory Lawson coming from Gloucester proving true.
The scrum-half will join up with his fellow Scotland internationals Euan Murray, Ally Hogg and the also newly-signed Scott MacLeod next season. He has 30 caps for the national team, including taking the captaincy on several occasions such as against Georgia and Argentina in the World Cup last year, though he was overlooked in favour of Mike Blair and Chris Cusiter in the 2012 Six Nations.
Lawson played 10 Premiership games for the Cherry n Whites in 2011/12, and all told had 99 league appearances in his six years at Kingsholm. The one I most remember was at Kingston Park in January 2009, the game that saw Tom May moved to fly-half at half-time and began our six-game unbeaten run. Lawson scored a try but I most remember that he didn’t seem fond of putting the ball into the scrum, something I will obviously forgive when he is wearing the black shirt next season.
Interestingly, out of our starting XV in that game, only Rob Vickers is still at KP, unless Adam Balding stays, and there are rumours that Tane Tu’ipulotu may come back.
Off the pitch, Lawson has a big rugby pedigree, since his father Alan was also a Scotland scrum-half.
He is also the grandson of legendary commentator Bill McLaren, whose famous voice must be the earliest rugby memory for many of us.
Dean Richards’ squad for 2012/13 is coming along nicely.
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