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Lions prop makes move to Scotland

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Nathan McBeth in action for the Lions in the Currie Cup. (Photo by Johan Pretorius/Gallo Images)
Nathan McBeth in action for the Lions in the Currie Cup. (Photo by Johan Pretorius/Gallo Images)

Prop Nathan McBeth is the latest South African targeting a Test spot for Scotland after signing for the Glasgow Warriors from the Lions.

The 23-year-old loosehead links up with his new team-mates at Scotstoun having made 10 appearances for the Johannesburg-based franchise, his professional debut having come in a 47-39 victory over the Jaguares in March 2019.

McBeth's move sees the prop re-unite with former Scotland U20 team-mates Ross Thompson and Murphy Walker, having made four appearances in the 2018 U20 Six Nations and touched down for a try against Ireland.

He has also earned U20 honours for South Africa, starting in three matches at the 2018 U20 World Championship in France.

Standing at 6'3" and weighing in at 118kg, McBeth came up against future team-mates Zander Fagerson and Ali Price earlier this year, starting against the touring British & Irish Lions.

He is the latest South African player eyed by Scotland, with Sharks flank Dylan Richardson having recently received a first-call up for the November internationals.

"I'm very thankful for the opportunity to join the Warriors," McBeth told the club's official website. "It will be an honour to represent them for the next few years. I can't wait to meet the team and start to train with them.

"It's a dream come true for me. Glasgow has always stood out for me because of the exciting brand of rugby that they play and I’m very excited to become a part of that."

Glasgow Warriors head coach Danny Wilson welcomed McBeth's signing, adding: "Nathan is a player we've had our eye on for some time.

"He's a physical ball-carrier and a young man who is willing to learn and improve his own game.

"To be able to add a young, Scottish-qualified prop of his calibre is a real boost and we're looking forward to seeing what he can do."

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