Paris ready to follow in Canadian footsteps

Guinness PRO12 Editor

8 Aug 2012



Canadian flyer Taylor Paris went over on debut as Glasgow Warriors look to have unearthed another natural try-scorer from the other side of the Atlantic, in their 20-17 pre-season loss to Castres on Friday.

Paris inked a one-year contract with the club this summer with his sights set on emulating fellow Canuck wing DTH Van Der Merwe – Warriors’ top try-scorer in the RaboDirect PRO12 last season.

The 19-year-old arrives as the youngest player to run out in the Rugby World Cup but will have a fight on his hands to break into a back three alongside Van Der Merwe and the Lamont brothers.

He will have to wait until September 7th for his chance to run out in front of the Scotstoun crowd – in the clash with the Scarlets, but when he does Paris insists there will be fans back home watching.

Paris told the Glasgow Evening Times: “I couldn’t have asked for much more than to get a try on my first appearance for Glasgow.

“With me having signed a one-year deal I need to make an impact, and so I have made a decent start in that respect.

“Glasgow have quite a high profile within the Canadian rugby community given that DTH, Kevin Tkachuk and Chauncey O’Toole have played for the club.

“If I can enjoy half the success DTH has had I will be happy. He has enjoyed a couple of great seasons with Glasgow and had a big part to play in me coming here given that we are wings.”