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May 10, 2007

Glasgow sign Michael Collins

Posted by Editor on May 10, 2007 05:08 PM | 4 comments | Print | E-mail author

Glasgow have signed Michael Collins
Glasgow Warriors are pleased to announce today the signing of New Zealander Michael Collins from London Irish on a two year contract.

Collins, who turned 33 today and is a former All Black A and New Zealand Barbarians prop, moved to London Irish from the New Zealand club Waikato Chiefs in July 2005, a side for which he made a then record 81 appearances.

The announcement comes on the back of Glasgow's four straight wins in the Magners League, with victories over Leinster at Hughenden, Connacht in Galway, Ulster at Ravenhill and most recently over the Ospreys at home last Friday.

On the prospect of joining the Warriors Collins said: "Glasgow are playing good rugby at the moment and getting big results so I'm keen to help them move even further forward. I've heard great things about the Magners League too so I'm looking forward to playing in that.

"Their results have been excellent. I've played against Ulster at Ravenhill a few times and I know how difficult it is to go there and win and the Ospreys are a great side so it shows how well the Warriors are doing just now. It's exciting to be joining a team capable of taking scalps like that," he added.

Warriors coach Sean Lineen said: "This is a fantastic acquisition for Glasgow because Michael is a well respected player and natural leader. We have a crop of young props here, like Moray Low, who will learn a huge amount from someone of Michaelís experience.

"I have no doubt that he will bring a lot to our plate having seen him play. Heís a mobile and aggressive player and the fact that he is comfortable on either side of the scrum is a bonus for us," he added.

Comments
Posted by phall on May 10, 2007 07:53 PM

Was the big fella not shot a few years back...

Posted by behindtheposts on May 11, 2007 09:10 AM

Not really the most PC comment in this divided city of ours - think that should be saved for other websites not a rugby one!

Posted by Phall on May 11, 2007 01:48 PM

Tosh!

Given that the Big Fella (his actual nickname)was a former IRA man, shot by the IRA during a Civil War, how on earth does that impact in the so-called division in this city?
To misquote another Collins, Edwyn not Michael, "I guess your just a little too sensitive..."

Posted by behindthe psts on May 11, 2007 03:02 PM

I'm well aware of the nickname of the original Michael Collins. Please don't be so arrogant as to assume you're the font of all knowledge as you don't seem to be as knowledgeable about the details of his death - 'killed by persons unknown'.
Why did you even find it necessary to bring this onto a RUGBY forum? Probably because you thought you were being clever!

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