Glasgow Warriors sign All Black Angus Macdonald

New Glasgow signing Angus Macdonald
Macdonald played for New Zealand in their win over Scotland in 2005

Glasgow Warriors have completed the signing of New Zealand back-row forward Angus Macdonald.

The 31-year-old has been capped twice for the All Blacks - including against Scotland at Murrayfield in 2005.

Macdonald will arrive at Scotstoun in the summer after agreeing a two-year deal, subject to obtaining a visa.

"I'm excited by the opportunity of playing for a club where there's a concerted effort to achieve success," he told www.glasgowwarriors.orgexternal-link.

"Since this move became a possibility, I've been keeping a close eye on how the team have been performing in the RaboDirect PRO12, and it's clear they've got a tremendous spirit and sense of purpose in what they do.

"They've got every chance of making the play-offs and they've recruited and retained a good number of players, so it's a positive environment to be coming into.

"The aim will be to use everything I've learned in the southern hemisphere to bring my own influence to the table. My overriding feeling right now is one of real anticipation. It's a great new challenge for me, and one I can't wait to get stuck into."

After state rugby, Macdonald signed for the Blues, where he was named captain in 2004.

He moved to Japan in 2008 where he played for Toyota Verblitz and latterly Coca Cola West Red Sparks.

His father, Hamish won 12 caps for the All Blacks in the 1970s, while his uncle, Doug Bruce won 14 caps in the 1980s.

Outgoing Warriors coach Sean Lineen described his latest signing as someone who: "absolutely fits the bill for a Glasgow player".

He added: "Angus is a big, tough rawbone Kiwi who I'm convinced the supporters and other players will love.

"He meets all the criteria: he's hard working, uncompromising, honest and can play a bit as well.

"We've been talking to him for a while, and it's clear he's the right sort of player for this club, and the right sort of person too. He's desperate to come here, which is exactly the attitude you want to see from a prospective signing."