Glasgow Warriors have signed 21-year-old loose forward Ruaridh Mackenzie until the end of the season.
The deal – made in partnership with BT Premiership side Ayr – will see MacKenzie pursue his career in the country of his birth, and for whom his father Gregor won a single cap at prop against Australia (1984) alongside Scotland greats Colin Deans and Iain Milne.
Mackenzie and his family left Inverness for New Zealand when he was three months old. He attended Christchurch Boys High School, famous for producing the likes of Dan Carter, Brodie Retallick, Sir Graham Henry and Steve Hansen.
Mackenzie made his debut off the bench for Ayr on Saturday and scored a try in the 39-13 win over Glasgow Hawks.
"I'm delighted to have joined Glasgow Warriors and I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to prove myself. I'm excited about what’s to come," MacKenzie told glasgowwarriors.org.
"I have strong roots in Scotland, having been born here and all my family are Scottish. It's great to come back to play my rugby in Scotland."
Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend said: "It’s a great opportunity for Ruaridh to immerse himself in our culture and style of play.
"He has already made a positive impression in training and on his debut for Ayr at the weekend. Spending time with both clubs will really benefit Ruaridh and we’re looking forward to seeing him continue his development."
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