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New full-back for Gloucester

27th March 2014 07:05

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Stevie McColl in action for Leeds Carnegie

Gloucester deal: Stevie McColl

Gloucester have revealed that Leeds Carnegie full-back Stevie McColl is the latest player to agree a move to Kingsholm ahead of next season.

McColl has spent the past three seasons at Headingley having joined the club from fellow Championship outfit, Doncaster Knights.

A former Scotland U20 international, he made an instant impact at Doncaster with 13 tries in 27 appearances and was hailed as the best full-back in the division by his then head coach Brett Davey.

He has similarly impressed during his time with Leeds, being named Players' Player of the Season, and earning a place in the RFU Championship Dream XV, a team voted for by all the Championship coaches at the end of a term.

He also caught the eye of the national coaches this season, earning a call up to the Scotland squad for the 2013 November internationals.

His consistently excellent showings for Leeds have made him a sought after commodity, and Nigel Davies is delighted to add him to his Gloucester squad for next season.

"Again, he's somebody who stands out at Championship level. Leeds are a good team, who play a particularly good brand of rugby and who are fighting hard to get into the Premiership," he said.

"Steve's been a big part of their success. He's a very strong, very powerful runner from deep and who hits good lines. He was part of the Edinburgh Academy at one stage and moved to get more opportunities.

"As a result of playing in the Championship, he's gained a lot of experience and he's shown his quality.

"I'm very excited about this guy. Both he and Mark (Atkinson, announced earlier this week as signing from Bedford Blues) can make the step up from Championship level rugby and be a huge success.

"We're bringing really explosive players into the back line, who have got a big physical presence and that's important."

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