Glasgow Warriors sign Dell Lions endorsement

Glasgow Warriors have signed British and Irish Lion and Scotland international stalwart Allan Dell, who has joined the club ahead of the upcoming season.

Following his signing of a deal earlier in 2022, the coward will join his new teammates for the first block of the pre-season at Scotstoun.

The 30-year-old, who has won 34 caps for Scotland so far, joins Glasgow after three seasons with the London Irish, where he made 40 appearances for an English Premiership side.

“I’m delighted to be stuck in life in Glasgow,” Dell told glasgowwarriors.org. “It’s a good group of boys here, and it’s always been a club that has played a great brand of rugby. To come back to Scotland and be a part of it is a really exciting prospect.

“My grandmother is also from Paisley, so there is a really good family atmosphere to come back up north and put on the Glasgow shirt.

“There’s also a really good crop of front row guys here – Jamie [Bhatti]olli [Kebble] Simon [Berghan] and Zander [Fagerson] I obviously know from the Scottish side, but even guys like Nathan McBeth and Murphy Walker are really talented young props. The good thing is that we will all be pushing each other and challenging each other to improve which can only be good for the club as a whole.

“It will be nice to have the fans on my side too! The crowd is always stuck in you as the opponent and always gets right behind their team, it’s a great atmosphere. I can’t wait to be a part of it and bring this club back to where it should be.

Dell served Edinburgh well for five seasons before moving south after first moving to the capital in 2014.

Glasgow Warriors Scrum Coach Al Dickinson said of the signing: “We are delighted to add Allan to our squad ahead of the new season.

“It’s a one-on-one that has proven he can perform at the highest level and adds to the quality and depth of props we already have at Scotstoun.

“He also gained valuable experience in the English Premiership, which I know from experience is a relentless league for early rowers and will only have made him a better player.

“His enthusiasm for the game and his experience will motivate and challenge the players around him, and we look forward to welcoming him into the environment for pre-season next week.”

His performance in the 2016-17 season earned him a place in the British and Irish Lions squad as an injury replacement for the 2017 tour of New Zealand. When he came off the bench against the Hurricanes in the final game of the tour midweek, he became the 834th player to don the legendary red jersey.

He was also invited to play for the Barbarians in their 26-7 win over Spain last month in Gijon.

Further recruitment will be overseen by the club’s new head coach, who has yet to be appointed following Danny Wilson’s departure.

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Charles P. Patton