Glasgow still to announce signings

Date published: June 13 2015

Glasgow Warriors director of rugby Gregor Townsend has said that more signings will be announced ahead of next season.

The Pro12 champions are still basking in their success following the win over Munster in Belfast a few weeks ago.

Townsend admitted that should all 22 of his players named in the Scottish World Cup training squad make the final cut then contingency plans may be activated.

The former Scotland star also added that having a number of senior players away could actually be the time for the club's younger players to emerge, citing the example of Finn Russell during the 2013/2014 season.

"We are still to announce a few signings, but from a recruitment point of view we are pretty much sorted," Townsend told The Herald.

"There are a couple still to be announced, but we are very comfortable with the squad we have and delighted with what we have been able to put together.

"Who knows? If injuries happen or all 22 of the Scotland players get called up for the World Cup final squad then there might be some contingencies we need to look at, but we're delighted with the group.

"With players being away it's an opportunity for someone else. Finn Russell got his chance during the Six Nations last year and then played in the [Pro12] semi-final and the final. We're now looking for the next player who will get his opportunity during the World Cup to say 'I've got to be picked for the whole season'.

"Our whole recruitment is based on getting a quality team to play the biggest games, but also enough players to get through that period. I think our squad's going to be 55 strong, which is 11 more than last year.

"But during the World Cup it will be down to 32, 33, so we know there are potential risks there. If we do pick up injuries we might have to look at club players coming in to cover that, but 32, 33 should be fine over that period."