Glasgow Sign Three Newcomers

Stuart Moffat, the Cambridge University full back and wing, has signed for Glasgow Rugby. So have two local forwards, Andrew Kelly, Ayr's Scotland Under-21 prop, and Rory McKay, who has been in outstanding form at No.8 and lock for Glasgow Hawks this past season.In addition, David Hilton, Glasgow's most experienced prop, has agreed terms to remain with the team."We are delighted to announce that Stuart Moffat and the two young forwards have signed for us," David Jordan, Glasgow's chief executive, said today. "It also especially pleasing that David Hilton will be staying with us now that he will soon be qualified to play for Scotland again."Hilton won 41 caps before it was discovered that he was not qualified for Scotland. He had mistakenly believed that his grandfather had been born in Edinburgh, and at the end of next month he will have qualified through three years" residence in Scotland.Three of Hilton's fellow caps, Gordon Bulloch, Gordon Simpson, and Glenn Metcalfe, have already re-signed for Glasgow, as has prop forward Lee Harrison.Moffat has played for Cambridge in the University match against Oxford in each of the past two years. This season, in addition to his second blue, the 24-year-old has appeared in Scottish jerseys in various guises - first scoring a try for the Scotland Development XV in the win against Tonga at Jedburgh in November, then in the A team's games against Argentina and New Zealand later that month, and three times for the Scottish Students in the new year. He has also played cricket for Scotland.Kelly, who will be 21 next month, was Scotland's tight head in all five under-21 internationals this past season. The 22-year-old McKay played for Scotland's under-19 team in the world junior championship in France in 1998 before he enlisted with Hawks.Full biographies of Glasgow's three newcomers:ANDREW KELLYProp forward. Born 21.6.81 in Alexandria, Dunbartonshire. Height 6ft 2in, weight 17st 3lb.Andrew William Kelly has represented Glasgow at all three district age-group levels (under-18, under-19, and under-20). While a pupil at Marr College, Troon, he was in the Scottish Schools" squad, though it was only this past season that he broke through to an established place in a national team, appearing at tight head in all five of Scotland's under-21 internationals. He visited New Zealand with the 1999 Glasgow Thistles, the second occasion on which the Glasgow and District Rugby Union had sent such squad on what he now become a well established programme for a months" development work in the Waikato province. His colleagues on that venture three years ago included Andrew Henderson, who become the first Glasgow Thistle to be capped when he played as a try-scoring replacement against Ireland in September last year.RORY McKAYLock/No.8 forward. Born 9.2.79 in Aberdeen. Height 6ft 5in, weight 16st.Rory Andrew McKay, a former pupil for Robert Gordon's College, had an outstanding season for Glasgow Hawks in 2001-2002, helping the Old Anniesland club to reach the BT Cellnet Cup final. One of the memorable points of the club game that season was his long-range support try against Heriot's FP in the cup semi-final at Anniesland. Also in the past season he played in all of the Scottish Students" four matches, being at No.8 in three of the games and appearing as a substitute in the victory against the Welsh at Neath. He won national honours also in season 1997-98, when he played for Scotland's under-19 squad, including the IRB/FIRA world junior championship in France. McKay, who played for Gordonians before joining Hawks, has won district honours with both Caledonia and Glasgow. He has played for Glasgow's Inter-District Championship team in each of the past three seasons, scoring a try in each of his two matches against his former district, Caledonia.STUART MOFFATFull back/wing. Born 18.8.1977 in Edinburgh. Height 6ft 3in. Weight 15st 10lb.John Stuart David Moffat played for Scottish Schools in 1995 while he was an Edinburgh Academy pupil. Since then he has had a peripatetic playing career, appearing for Rotherham, Loughborough Students, Eastern Suburbs (Sydney), and CUS Genoa as well as Edinburgh Academicals, and, most recently, he has twice played for Cambridge in the University match against Oxford - as a full back in 2000 and a wing last year. He had six international games for Scotland's under-21 in 1997 and 1998, and he has also played for English Universities and the Barbarians. This past season he has represented Scotland at three national levels, opening with a try as the Development XV's full back in the 40-20 win against Tonga at Jedburgh. He went to play at full back for Scotland A against Argentina at Selkirk and (as a replacement) against New Zealand at McDiarmid Park, Perth, and he later had three games for the Scottish Students - against the English and French, also at full back, and then in the win against the Welsh at Neath as a replacement. He has also played cricket for Scotland. He gained a degree in economics at Loughborough University, and while at St Edmund's College, Cambridge, he was on a BA course in management studies.Stuart Moffat, the Cambridge University full back and wing, has signed for Glasgow Rugby. So have two local forwards, Andrew Kelly, Ayr's Scotland Under-21 prop, and Rory McKay, who has been in outstanding form at No.8 and lock for Glasgow Hawks this past season.In addition, David Hilton, Glasgow's most experienced prop, has agreed terms to remain with the team."We are delighted to announce that Stuart Moffat and the two young forwards have signed for us," David Jordan, Glasgow's chief executive, said today. "It also especially pleasing that David Hilton will be staying with us now that he will soon be qualified to play for Scotland again."Hilton won 41 caps before it was discovered that he was not qualified for Scotland. He had mistakenly believed that his grandfather had been born in Edinburgh, and at the end of next month he will have qualified through three years" residence in Scotland.Three of Hilton's fellow caps, Gordon Bulloch, Gordon Simpson, and Glenn Metcalfe, have already re-signed for Glasgow, as has prop forward Lee Harrison.Moffat has played for Cambridge in the University match against Oxford in each of the past two years. This season, in addition to his second blue, the 24-year-old has appeared in Scottish jerseys in various guises - first scoring a try for the Scotland Development XV in the win against Tonga at Jedburgh in November, then in the A team's games against Argentina and New Zealand later that month, and three times for the Scottish Students in the new year. He has also played cricket for Scotland.Kelly, who will be 21 next month, was Scotland's tight head in all five under-21 internationals this past season. The 22-year-old McKay played for Scotland's under-19 team in the world junior championship in France in 1998 before he enlisted with Hawks.Full biographies of Glasgow's three newcomers:ANDREW KELLYProp forward. Born 21.6.81 in Alexandria, Dunbartonshire. Height 6ft 2in, weight 17st 3lb.Andrew William Kelly has represented Glasgow at all three district age-group levels (under-18, under-19, and under-20). While a pupil at Marr College, Troon, he was in the Scottish Schools" squad, though it was only this past season that he broke through to an established place in a national team, appearing at tight head in all five of Scotland's under-21 internationals. He visited New Zealand with the 1999 Glasgow Thistles, the second occasion on which the Glasgow and District Rugby Union had sent such squad on what he now become a well established programme for a months" development work in the Waikato province. His colleagues on that venture three years ago included Andrew Henderson, who become the first Glasgow Thistle to be capped when he played as a try-scoring replacement against Ireland in September last year.RORY McKAYLock/No.8 forward. Born 9.2.79 in Aberdeen. Height 6ft 5in, weight 16st.Rory Andrew McKay, a former pupil for Robert Gordon's College, had an outstanding season for Glasgow Hawks in 2001-2002, helping the Old Anniesland club to reach the BT Cellnet Cup final. One of the memorable points of the club game that season was his long-range support try against Heriot's FP in the cup semi-final at Anniesland. Also in the past season he played in all of the Scottish Students" four matches, being at No.8 in three of the games and appearing as a substitute in the victory against the Welsh at Neath. He won national honours also in season 1997-98, when he played for Scotland's under-19 squad, including the IRB/FIRA world junior championship in France. McKay, who played for Gordonians before joining Hawks, has won district honours with both Caledonia and Glasgow. He has played for Glasgow's Inter-District Championship team in each of the past three seasons, scoring a try in each of his two matches against his former district, Caledonia.STUART MOFFATFull back/wing. Born 18.8.1977 in Edinburgh. Height 6ft 3in. Weight 15st 10lb.John Stuart David Moffat played for Scottish Schools in 1995 while he was an Edinburgh Academy pupil. Since then he has had a peripatetic playing career, appearing for Rotherham, Loughborough Students, Eastern Suburbs (Sydney), and CUS Genoa as well as Edinburgh Academicals, and, most recently, he has twice played for Cambridge in the University match against Oxford - as a full back in 2000 and a wing last year. He had six international games for Scotland's under-21 in 1997 and 1998, and he has also played for English Universities and the Barbarians. This past season he has represented Scotland at three national levels, opening with a try as the Development XV's full back in the 40-20 win against Tonga at Jedburgh. He went to play at full back for Scotland A against Argentina at Selkirk and (as a replacement) against New Zealand at McDiarmid Park, Perth, and he later had three games for the Scottish Students - against the English and French, also at full back, and then in the win against the Welsh at Neath as a replacement. He has also played cricket for Scotland. He gained a degree in economics at Loughborough University, and while at St Edmund's College, Cambridge, he was on a BA course in management studies.