Thursday, August 21, 2014

Pro 12: Canadian Connor Braid signs for Glasgow

Photo The Province
Canadian international Connor Braid has signed a short-term contract to play professional rugby in Scotland. The twenty-four year old joins last season's Pro 12 finalists the Glasgow Warriors on a three month deal with an opportunity of staying on longer depending on his performances both on and off the field. His move will see him linking up with Canadian international DTH van der Merwe who has been playing for the Scottish side since 2009. Both players are strong candidates to be representing Canada in the November internationals and also at Rugby World Cup 2015 in England and Wales.

Capped twelve times by Canada since making his international debut against Belgium in 2010 Connor Braid has been a player utilized by headcoach Kieran Crowley at fly half, fullback, wing and centre. His range of skills and ability to adapt to the needs of the team have seen him not only start test matches in all these positions but be an important player in Rugby Sevens. 

It is his utility value that Glasgow had in mind upon signing him. Headcoach Gregor Townsend said ''his versatility will come in useful and he'll add to the competition we already have within the squad''. It is also to be of extreme interest to Crowley as Canada look to complete the building ahead of the Rugby World Cup, a tournament which will see Canada facing France, Ireland, Italy and Romania. 

The move will be the second time that Braid has played professional rugby in the U.K. He previously played for the Doncaster Knights in England's second division, the RFU Championship. He recently played for Canada in Scotland as part of the Commonwealth Games. 

In addition to Braid and DTH van der Merwe Canada is to have Tyler Ardron and Jeff Hassler at the Ospreys and Shane O'Leary at Connacht giving Canada five players in the Pro 12 this season. 

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