Another Mclaren Joins Glasgow Rugby

James McLaren, the Scotland centre, has been joined by this younger brother, Tom, in the Glasgow Rugby squad. The 22-year-old newcomer arrived in Scotland yesterday for a trial sojourn with the professional team.Tom, like James, was born in Stirling before the family emigrated to Australia. However, unlike the international centre, the younger McLaren, 6ft 3in and 16st, is a back-row forward.While he was at St Stanislaus" College, Tom McLaren was in the New South Wales Schools" shadow squad. He captained the St Stanislaus" team to Sydney's Western Associated Schools Championship before he went on to senior rugby with Bathurst.Since then he has earned representative honours with the New South Wales under-21 and the NSW Country XVs as well as the Australian Barbarians in the Papua New Guinea sevens. He has also been in the Australian sevens squad, and he has twice been with the Australian Rugby Legends in the Hong Kong tens. However, none of those Australian honours denied him his Scottish qualification.Tom has also appeared in Scottish club rugby. During one of his visits to Scotland, three years ago, he played for Stirling County in a Scottish Cup tie.'tom's trial with us is open-ended," David Jordan, Glasgow's chief executive, said today. "We"ll see how he fits in. He's essentially a blind-side flanker. But he has played in all of the back-row positions, and that could be useful for us while Donnie Macfadyen is recovering from his recent groin operation."Macfadyen, Glasgow's Scotland A open-side flanker, had surgery last week, and he will be out of rugby until well into the new year.James McLaren, the Scotland centre, has been joined by this younger brother, Tom, in the Glasgow Rugby squad. The 22-year-old newcomer arrived in Scotland yesterday for a trial sojourn with the professional team.Tom, like James, was born in Stirling before the family emigrated to Australia. However, unlike the international centre, the younger McLaren, 6ft 3in and 16st, is a back-row forward.While he was at St Stanislaus" College, Tom McLaren was in the New South Wales Schools" shadow squad. He captained the St Stanislaus" team to Sydney's Western Associated Schools Championship before he went on to senior rugby with Bathurst.Since then he has earned representative honours with the New South Wales under-21 and the NSW Country XVs as well as the Australian Barbarians in the Papua New Guinea sevens. He has also been in the Australian sevens squad, and he has twice been with the Australian Rugby Legends in the Hong Kong tens. However, none of those Australian honours denied him his Scottish qualification.Tom has also appeared in Scottish club rugby. During one of his visits to Scotland, three years ago, he played for Stirling County in a Scottish Cup tie.'tom's trial with us is open-ended," David Jordan, Glasgow's chief executive, said today. "We"ll see how he fits in. He's essentially a blind-side flanker. But he has played in all of the back-row positions, and that could be useful for us while Donnie Macfadyen is recovering from his recent groin operation."Macfadyen, Glasgow's Scotland A open-side flanker, had surgery last week, and he will be out of rugby until well into the new year.