Glasgow Warriors today announced yet another signing for next season. Coming in from a few years in Japan, veteran back-rower Angus Macdonald, twice capped as an All Black, has signed a two-year contract with the Scotstoun outfit.
On the 31-year-old the Warriors said this:
“Highly rated from a young age, Macdonald won two All Black caps on the Graham Henry-led tour of the northern hemisphere in 2005, one of these appearances coming against Scotland at Murrayfield that November. The call-up came after he starred for New Zealand Maori in their win over the visiting British and Irish Lions.
“The previous year he had been promoted to captain of the [Aukland] Blues, having helped them win the Super 14 title in 2003.
“Since 2008, he has been based in Japan, where he has played a key role in the development of Toyota Verblitz and latterly Coca Cola West Red Sparks.
“Macdonald, who turned 31 in January, will arrive in Scotland this summer, primed to deliver his all-action brand of breakaway play on the fields of the RaboDirect PRO12 and Heineken Cup.
“He has signed a two-year contract, committing him to the Warriors until at least the end of May 2014, subject to the appropriate visa being obtained.
“Macdonald is the fourth major Glasgow addition for the coming campaign to be announced so far. Tonga World Cup star Viliami Ma’afu (No.8) and reigning Newcastle Falcons Player of the Season Tim Swinson (lock) have been recruited for the pack, while Sean Lamont is set to return to the club where he first made his name in the game.
“The Warriors have also re-signed 15 leading players in recent months.”
Of course the Warriors have not yet re-signed back-rowers John Barclay and Johnnie Beattie. Barclay is said to be weighing up a few French offers with one already on the table from the Warriors, while Beattie is rumoured to be considering a shift to French outfit Montpellier. This is just a rumour at this stage, of course, but the number 8 appears to be left to his own devices.
At the other end of the M8 there was another rumour circulating that Ross Rennie was spotted boarding a plane to the East Midlands on Sunday. This one I will take with a lot more than a pinch of salt. Even if he was seen going outbound (at a really short turnaround, since he was on a bus with other Scotland players that morning) he could be visiting family, friends or just taking a trip. After a gruelling tournament for the flanker he is entitled to some time off.
All the other internationals will have a week off, as well, before rejoining the fray. Those that played less of a part could return sooner, though. Expect to see Matt Scott play some part for Edinburgh this weekend.
*UPDATE* Predictions came true today, 21/03/12, as it was confirmed that Johnnie Beattie has signed a two year deal with Montpellier, with an option of a third year. He will move once this season is over for the Warriors.