Glasgow sign Canadian young gun

Date published: July 25 2012

Taylor Paris has signed a one year deal with Glasgow Warriors which keeps him at the club until at least the end of May 2013.

Canadian flyer Taylor Paris has signed a one-year deal with Glasgow Warriors which keeps him at the club until at least the end of May 2013.

The 19-year-old winger made his mark as a teenage sensation for his national side and has already impressed the coaching staff with his work ethic in pre-season.

“I'm not the first player from Canada to play for the Warriors so the side is really well known back home and I jumped at the chance to come and play in Glasgow,” said Paris.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for me and I've really enjoyed the first couple of weeks of training. I know I need to keep working hard and putting in the effort to make the most of it.

“It's a squad with a lot of talent so I know I have to work hard to earn my place here.”

Paris burst onto the international scene at just 17 years of age when he made his debut for the Canadian Sevens team, scoring a try in his first match at the Wellington Sevens in 2010.

He's also the youngest player to ever win a cap for the Canucks, making his debut aged 18. He scored a brace of tries in his second Test and was part of the 30-man squad which travelled to New Zealand for the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

He missed out on the Canucks' June Test series with a foot injury but last month was named captain of the Canada U20 side at the IRB Junior World Trophy.

“Taylor has fitted in well with the Warriors squad and we're really looking forward to seeing how he performs as the season goes on,” said Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend.

“It's clear he has a lot of ability and we want to help him fulfill that abundance of potential.

“Playing international rugby when just a teenager means he brings with him a lot of maturity, despite his age, and coupled with his determination to improve we've no doubt he'll become a great asset for the Glasgow Warriors.”