Former Melrose pair quitting Edinburgh to join Glasgow Warriors

Two up-and-coming rugby players formerly with Melrose are going west, having quit Edinburgh and signed up with Glasgow Warriors.

Friday, 5th March 2021, 5:22 pm
Ally Miller playing for Scotland under-20s against England in 2016 in Manchester (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

Scotland under-20 internationals Ally Miller and Rory Darge are Warriors boss Danny Wilson’s latest recruits ahead of the 2021-22 Pro14 season following Jack Dempsey, Lewis Bean, Simon Berghan and Jamie Bhatti joining up and Scott Cummings and Thomas Gordon extending their contracts.

Miller, 24, has made 21 appearances for Edinburgh and started six matches during the current Pro14 campaign.

Born in Longniddry in East Lothian, he made his World 7s Series debut in the US in 2017, soon establishing himself as a key member of the Scotland sevens side.

Ally Miller playing for Melrose against Jed-Forest in 2015 (Photo: Douglas Hardie)

Miller, also formerly with London Scottish, said: “I’m ready to take the next step in my career and really test myself and I believe Glasgow is the right environment in which to do that.

“I’ve been really enjoying my rugby these last few seasons and I’m looking forward to playing Glasgow’s free-flowing brand of attacking rugby.

“Speaking to Danny, he liked the attacking style of rugby that I developed through the sevens programme and that I enjoy playing.

“I’m looking forward to playing that exciting brand of rugby Glasgow are known to play and adding to the squad.

Rory Darge in 2018

“I’m buzzing to get across and get started.”

Fellow back-row player Darge is on the move after one season and one senior appearance at Edinburgh’s Murrayfield Stadium, having only signed his first professional contract last summer.

The 21-year-old played for North Berwick in East Lothian before joining Melrose and their Southern Knights Fosroc Super6 squad for the 2019-20 season.

“I’m looking forward to making the move to Glasgow,” said Darge.

“When I spoke with Danny, he talked about what he looks for in his opensides and I think I not only suit the mould but I also suit Glasgow’s style of play.

“From watching Glasgow this season, I think the club is going places.

“If you look at the side that played against Leinster, there are a lot of young guys getting their opportunity and playing well.

“My main motivation right now is to play as much rugby as I can, and I feel that Glasgow will be the best place for me to do that.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to come into a new environment, prove myself and earn my right to wear the jersey.”

Wilson, 45, said: “I’ve watched Ally play in recent games for Edinburgh. With his sevens background, he’s an evasive ball-carrier and has a good skill-set.

“Rory is an exciting young Scottish prospect.

“He stood out while playing for the U20s and impressed when playing in the Glasgow v Edinburgh training game at Scotstoun and when he came off the bench against Leinster for his professional debut.

“He’s physical on both sides of the ball and a talent for the future, and it’s great to be adding more depth to an already-competitive back row.”