SCOTLAND international Kevin Bryce has become the latest player to make the now well-travelled journey between the country’s two professional teams, rejoining Glasgow Warriors after two years with Edinburgh. The 29-year-old has two full caps, both at hooker, and although he has played at tighthead in recent seasons, his short-term deal at Scotstoun will see him revert to the middle of the front row.
“I always preferred Kev as a hooker,” Glasgow assistant coach Jonathan Humphreys said. “And he has a chance with us now to see if he can reach the high standards he achieved a few years ago when he was playing international rugby.”
Bryce’s return to the Warriors from the capital comes just a few days after scrum-half Henry Pyrgos made the trip in the opposite direction. He has agreed a short-term contract, as has another hooker James Malcolm, whose Warriors contract ran out at the end of last season. Twenty-three-year-old Malcolm, brother of Scotland forward Rachel, could be vying with Bryce for a place in Dave Rennie’s matchday squad during the international windows. “With Fraser Brown and George Turner away for this first pre-season block and at MacArthur retiring, James has come back in to add strength in depth to the hooker position,” Humphreys added.
Meanwhile, 21-year-old flanker Thomas Gordon has signed a partnership contract with Glasgow that will see him share his duties between the Warriors and Currie. “Tom is an exciting player and we were really impressed with his physicality and dynamism in training last year,” the assistant coach added. “He has huge potential and will continue to learn and develop in our environment.”
While the six-times-capped MacArthur did indeed retire from the professional game at the end of last rugby, he has now agreed to turn out for Ayr next season in a player/coach capacity. The 31-year-old, who played for Ayr before turning pro, will assist former Glasgow team-mate Peter Murchie, who took over as head coach at the end of last season.
Ayr have also announced the signing of two back-row forwards, David Corbenici from GHA and Alfie North from Gloucester Academy.