RUFUS McLean has agreed a contract extension with Glasgow after impressing head coach Danny Wilson during his first season as a professional.  The 20-year-old, who was on the wing against Ulster on Friday but can also play at full-back, made his debut against Edinburgh in January and was invited to train with the full Scotland squad earlier this month.

“Since I joined the club in June, Rufus has been a player that has impressed the coaches a great deal,” Wilson said of the Under-20s international, whose contract extension is for an undisclosed duration. “He is a young player with a lot of talent, and I see him having a great future with Glasgow.

“Against Edinburgh he played very well in his debut, and it speaks volumes to his work ethic being handed the opportunity to experience the national team set up in the build up to a Calcutta Cup fixture. In recent weeks he has continued to train well and I look forward to seeing him contributing more in the weeks ahead.”

McLean, who has been capped by Scotland Under-18s as well as the Under-20s, said he believed he was in the right place to keep developing his career. “I’m chuffed to be extending my contract with the Warriors,” he said. “Glasgow is renowned for developing young players, and I love the environment I’m in here.

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“My Edinburgh debut was surreal and it felt different out on the pitch than I had expected. I had to tell myself it’s another game of rugby and I felt I showed up well. Hopefully, there is plenty more game time to come.

“The Scotland invitation was a massive surprise and I appreciated being involved. International rugby is another step up in speed and being exposed to that was insane.

“The knowledge and experience of people I was around – the likes of Stuart Hogg and the others in camp - and learnings I took away from that opportunity and those individuals is irreplaceable. It’s experiences like those that will be invaluable in helping me kick on with Glasgow too.”