Glasgow Warriors head coach Danny Wilson has taken a huge step forward to ensure his team is competitive in both the UK. Rugby Championship and Europe after the end of this season by agreeing to a contract extension that will keep Ross Thompson at the club for the “foreseeable future”.
While the duration of the deal was not disclosed, it appears to be two years after the end of his current contract.
It doesn’t look like Wilson needed much persuasion for Wilson to sign the dotted line, but the importance of this piece business should not be underestimated. The 22-year-old has made himself a key member of the team after making his debut in January and appears to have both the temperament and technical flair to become a top playmaker.
“Ross is an extraordinary person who really impressed us last year,” Coach said. “Both at the club and International good level and quality maturing to number 10. We are pleased with his dedication to the club for the future and I am confident that he will continue to improve with the way he has shown so far.”
Thompson is a product of Stewart’s Melville College in Edinburgh and Scotland Under 16 and under 18 before moving west to study law at Glasgow University. Playing for the Glasgow Hawks in the Premiership, he made an immediate impact in veteran rugby by showing maturity in his years-defying game, spending two seasons as part of the Scotland U-20s team.
He also played for the Ayrshire Bulls in his first Super6 season – until he was abandoned due to Covid – and spent two and a half seasons full-time. scene Three players at Scottish Rugby’s FOSROC Academy, before finally getting the chance to play for the Warriors in the midst of a crisis in January.
Adam Hastings and Pete Horne were both injured, and Brandon Thomson, who is now separated, looked like a rabbit caught in the headlights, Wilson snatching an opportunity that Thompson snatched with both hands.
He performed well on the bench with a narrow defeat to Edinburgh in the first game of the year, then shone with a show of balanced man of the match with 13 points when he took the number 10 in the next weekend’s rematch. The Warriors won 23-22.
Thompson carried this form for the remainder of the 2020-21 campaign, receiving both Young Player of the Season and McCrea Financial Services Player of the Season awards.
He has 135 points from his 19 appearances for Glasgow so far (only Tommy Hayes has played fewer games to reach the century for the Warriors) and took his first full cap for Scotland against Tonga last month and took it again. all in his name.
“It was really a pretty easy decision,” Thompson said when the new deal was announced. “I’ve really enjoyed my time with Glasgow over the last 12 months, I’ve really enjoyed getting to know the kids, going out and playing at this club.
“It’s really great to be able to represent this club with so many guys I’ve come with from age classes. I played a lot of rugby with guys like Rufus. [McLean], Ollie [Smith], Jamie [Dobie] and Rory [Darge] Especially in the last few years and being able to go out on the field with some of your closest friends makes everything so much more enjoyable.
“Now I want to kick and build. I really enjoyed being in the Scottish environment and that’s definitely something I want to experience more, but my main focus is giving my all for Glasgow and helping this club challenge to the top of the table.”
Meanwhile, the Melrose Sevens will return after a two-year Covid-induced hibernation with the world-famous tournament to provide the focus of a four-day rugby celebration at The Greenyards in early April 2022.
The event will kick off with a dinner on Thursday, April 7th to announce the first entrants to the new Melrose Sevens Hall of Fame.
The next evening, the Southern Knights – Melrose’s Super6 series – will play a charity match against the British Army to raise awareness and money for Doddie Weir’s My Name’5 Doddie Foundation.
Then, after the main tournament is played on Saturday, a final concert at The Greenyards will feature Scottish bands Bombskare and Big Country.