Stormers' Thomson heading overseas
Cape Town - Stormers
flyhalf Brandon Thomson has been released from his contract with Western
Province Rugby to join the Glasgow Warriors.
The 22-year-old, whose father was born in Scotland, will head to Glasgow on a
two-year deal once his fellow flyhalf Rob du Preez has returned to full
fitness, which is expected to be in September.
Having been schooled in Ermelo, Thomson attended the Western Province Rugby
Institute in 2014 and moved through the system well, forming part of the Western Province U-21 side that went unbeaten in 2015 under the guidance of
current Stormers coach Robbie Fleck.
After also representing the Junior Springboks in 2015, Thomson would go on to
make his Super Rugby debut for the Stormers in 2016 and has earned
seven caps since.
Director of Rugby Gert Smal thanked Thomson for his contributions over the last
three years and wished him well in Scotland.
"Brandon's pathway through our system shows that we are identifying and
developing talented players, which is encouraging.
"He still has an important role to play for us before he leaves, but this
is a great opportunity for him and we wish him all the best," he said.
Western Province Rugby Group CEO Paul Zacks said that the decision to release
Thomson from his contract early was taken in the players' best interests.
"This is a great opportunity for Brandon and we were not going to stand in
his way. He leaves with our best wishes," said Zacks.
President of the Western Province Rugby Football Union, Thelo Wakefield,
thanked Thomson for his contributions in his time at Newlands.
"Brandon has been a wholehearted competitor in his time with us and I am
sure he will
take those same qualities with him to Glasgow," he said.