South African Tyrone Holmes signs with Glasgow Warriors

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Glasgow Warriors have signed South African flanker Tyrone Holmesm who is eligible to play for Scotland through his Peebles-born father.

The 27-year-old former Stormers and Western Province forward has agreed a one-year deal, subject to medical.

Holmes, whose grandfather played for Peebles, has previously had stints in England with Northampton, Penzance and Cornish Pirates.

He said: “I am very excited to have signed for the Warriors and I’m looking forward to the challenge.

“The Glasgow squad is young and very competitive and I want to be part of that. I can’t wait to meet all the lads and start training with them.

“I’ve been to Glasgow before and I think it’s a great city. I also have family there and I know Josh Strauss and DTH van der Merwe, so I’m sure they will help me settle in quickly.

“My dream is to one day play for Scotland and if that was to ever happen my father would be the proudest man on earth and it would be my greatest achievement.”

Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend said: “Tyrone is a low tackling and tough openside flanker, who has worked extremely hard to develop his game.

“He will add competition to our squad and we’re looking forward to welcoming him to Glasgow.”