Mackenzie signs on at Scotstoun

Ruaridh Mackenzie has signed until at least May 2017

Glasgow Warriors have signed 21-year-old back-row Ruaridh Mackenzie until the end of the season.

The deal – made in partnership with BT Premiership side Ayr – will see him pursue his rugby career in the country of his birth, and for whom is father Gregor won a single cap at prop against Australia (1984) alongside Scotland greats Colin Deans and Iain Milne.

Mackenzie and his family left Inverness for New Zealand when he was three months old, where he would attend Christchurch Boys High School, famous for producing the likes of Dan Carter, Brodie Retallick, Sir Graham Henry and Steve Hansen.

Mackenzie scored on his debut for Ayr at the weekend

He was named vice-captain of the Christchurch Boys 1st XV before joining Bond University in Queensland on a Rugby scholarship before being selected in the Queensland Reds U20s programme aged 18.

Mackenzie made his debut off the bench for Ayr on Saturday and scored a try in the 39-13 win over Glasgow Hawks.

Speaking exclusively to glasgowwarriors.org, Ruaridh Mackenzie said: "I'm delighted to have joined Glasgow Warriors and I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to prove myself. I'm excited about what’s to come.

“I have strong roots in Scotland, having been born here and all my family are Scottish. 

“It's great to come back to play my rugby in Scotland."

Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend said: “It’s a great opportunity for Ruaridh to immerse himself in our culture and style of play.

“He has already made a positive impression in training and on his debut for Ayr at the weekend.

“Spending time with both clubs will really benefit Ruaridh and we’re looking forward to seeing him continue his development.”

Ayr President Billy McHarg, added: “We see Ruaridh as a useful addition to our squad in our quest to win the BT Premiership this season.

“Hopefully he will follow in the footsteps of previous Ayr players such as Ali Price, Finn Russell and Mark Bennett and gain a full-time contract with the Warriors.”