Glasgow Enlist Rugby League Prop

Glasgow Rugby have added Chris Birchall, a prop forward, to their squad in preparation for the new season, which begins with warm-up games against Gloucester on Thursday at Kingsholm and Newcastle on Friday next week at Hughenden.Chris Birchall, 22, has switched codes by joining Glasgow from Halifax Rugby League Club, where he had been playing while on loan from Bradford Bulls. At 21 he was Bradford's young player of the year, and he has represented Great Britain at under-19 level.Scottish qualified through a grandmother born in Kirkcudbrightshire, the young league player has experience of playing rugby union through a spell at Otley.Glasgow now have five prop forwards in their squad for this coming season. David Jordan, Glasgow Rugby's chief executive, said: "With changes to IRB regulations requiring teams to be able to replace both prop forwards Chris's signing is an important addition to our group."Hugh Campbell, Glasgow's head coach, said: "Chris visited us last month for a fitness and training assessment, and he displayed some fine rugby skills as well as being a powerful young man. It may take a while for him to grasp the techniques to play union, but I see his position at loose-head, which is a position that there seems to be fewer players available at these days."Glasgow only have one other player to join their squad, Daniel Parks, who is expected to arrive in early September. The Sydney player's arrival will bring the squad up to 35 contracted players.Glasgow Rugby have added Chris Birchall, a prop forward, to their squad in preparation for the new season, which begins with warm-up games against Gloucester on Thursday at Kingsholm and Newcastle on Friday next week at Hughenden.Chris Birchall, 22, has switched codes by joining Glasgow from Halifax Rugby League Club, where he had been playing while on loan from Bradford Bulls. At 21 he was Bradford's young player of the year, and he has represented Great Britain at under-19 level.Scottish qualified through a grandmother born in Kirkcudbrightshire, the young league player has experience of playing rugby union through a spell at Otley.Glasgow now have five prop forwards in their squad for this coming season. David Jordan, Glasgow Rugby's chief executive, said: "With changes to IRB regulations requiring teams to be able to replace both prop forwards Chris's signing is an important addition to our group."Hugh Campbell, Glasgow's head coach, said: "Chris visited us last month for a fitness and training assessment, and he displayed some fine rugby skills as well as being a powerful young man. It may take a while for him to grasp the techniques to play union, but I see his position at loose-head, which is a position that there seems to be fewer players available at these days."Glasgow only have one other player to join their squad, Daniel Parks, who is expected to arrive in early September. The Sydney player's arrival will bring the squad up to 35 contracted players.