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Co-captain Pyrgos signs new contract until 2019

Guinness PRO12 Rugby Editor

13 Dec 2016

Henry Pyrgos

Ahead of Friday’s game with Racing 92 at Scotstoun, Glasgow Warriors have been boosted with the news that Scotland international Henry Pyrgos has signed a new two-year deal with the club.

It means the scrum-half will be staying at Scotstoun until at least May 2019.

Pyrgos, who has 18 caps for his country, has played 113 times for the Warriors over the last six-and-a-half years and was part of the squad which beat Racing 92 in Paris on Saturday.

At the start of this season he was named co-captain of the club along with Jonny Gray.

The 27-year-old joined Glasgow Warriors in the summer of 2010 and broke into the Scotland squad in 2012, making his debut against New Zealand. In the next game against South Africa he scored his first try for his country. He has captained Scotland in games against USA, Japan and Ireland.

In March of this year he joined an illustrious group of players who have made 100 appearances for the Warriors, when he captained the side in a win over Cardiff Blues.

Pyrgos follows full-back Stuart Hogg in committing his future to the club and he says he’s excited to be staying in Glasgow.

Speaking to glasgowwarriors.org, he said: “‘I’m really happy to sign for another two years, it was an easy decision. I love everything about Glasgow Warriors and the club means a huge amount to me.

“I’ve had a brief chat with Dave Rennie and he told me about his vision for the club and his rugby philosophy and it’s exciting. What he’s done in the game speaks for itself and to have someone of Dave’s quality coming in is brilliant for the club.

“This is my seventh year at the Warriors and winning the Guinness PRO12 two years ago has been the standout moment.

“I’m excited for the future here and we’ll be working extremely hard to continue to compete for trophies every season. I believe we have a squad capable of doing that and that’s the main reason I wanted to stay.”

Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend added: “It’s brilliant news for the club that Henry has signed for another two years.

“He is one of our leaders and has developed a huge amount in his time at the club. Now he is helping the club continue to improve and evolve on and off the pitch.

“There is a lot more to come from him on the playing side and we are really fortunate to have such a high quality group of scrum halves right now.”