Reds centre signs for Glasgow
Cape Town - Glasgow Warriors have signed
Australian centre Sam Johnson from the Reds as well as USA international lock
Greg Peterson from Leicester Tigers.
The duo will be at Scotstoun until at least
May 2017, with both having signed two-year deals with the side, subject to
visas and medicals.
Johnson, 21, first played schoolboy rugby
for Australia 'A' after winning the Associated Independent Colleges competition
with St Edmund's College in 2011.
He played Rugby League for the Gold Coast
Titans U20s after school, before returning to Rugby Union at the end of 2013,
when he joined the Reds wider training squad and returned to his former club
Johnson impressed the Reds coaching staff
in 2014 as a regular in the midfield for Reds 'A' and GPS, which led to him
making his Reds debut off the bench against the Western Force in Perth. He then
went on to play five matches for Queensland Country in Australia's National
To date he has made two Super Rugby
appearances for the Reds and has been named on the bench a further three times.
"I'm excited about working with the
coaches at Glasgow and I've heard a lot of good things about the club and the
city," said Johnson.
"I've spoken to a few boys at the Reds
about Matt Taylor, who used to be the defence coach here and they've told me
how good a coach he is, so it'll be good to work with him.
"Glasgow play free flowing rugby and I
really like the way they attack, which is a bit different to typical European
teams and defensively their structure is second to none.
"I've been watching the European Rugby
Champions Cup this season and I'm looking forward to having the opportunity to
test myself at that level against some of the best teams in the world.
"Hopefully I can make a contribution
at the Warriors and learn as much as I can over the next couple of years."
Peterson, 24, has been capped three times
for USA and joined Leicester Tigers in December from Super Rugby side, the
Waratahs. He has played three times for the Premiership side.
The Australian-born lock, who was with the
Waratahs for five years after joining their Academy in 2009, has made one Super
In 2010, he made his Shute Shield debut for
Manly, making his mark by winning the 2010 Shute Shield Rookie of the Year
award in his first year out of school.
The towering forward, who stands at 6 foot
8 and weighs more than 19 stone, represented Australia U20s on eight occasions.
Peterson comes from a rich athletic
background with his father having played American Football for Northwestern
University in Chicago and his grandfather having played in one of the first ever
rugby union games in the United States.
"I worked alongside some very good
second rowers at the Waratahs such as Dean Mumm and Kane Douglas, who have
excelled when they've moved to the northern hemisphere," he said.
"Gregor (Townsend) has given me the
opportunity to join Glasgow and I believe I can help the team progress further.
"I've learnt a lot at Leicester Tigers
about northern hemisphere rugby and I've loved my time there. I've always given
one hundred percent and I'll do the same for Glasgow.
"I like the style of rugby Glasgow
play and everybody works hard for each other, which is how I think the game
should be played. The harder you work the more opportunities you get.
"Talking to Gregor about the values of
the team and the way the team plays almost feels like a perfect fit, so when I
get up there I'll grab the opportunity with both hands and show the supporters
the kind of player I am."