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April 14, 2017

Matt Fagerson can follow in brother's footsteps

Posted by Editor on April 14, 2017 11:15 AM | No comments | Print | E-mail author

Matt Fagerson starts for Glasgow against Zebre
Matt Fagerson has the potential to match the progress of older brother Zander, according to Gregor Townsend.

The head coach has picked Glasgow Hawks' backrower for just his second Warriors start against Zebre tonight - his first also came against the Italians in the away PRO12 game earlier in the season. The teenager is at No 8 for this game after playing at 7 for Scotland U20s, and it is still not certain what his best position will be.

Older brother Zander has established himself in Glasgow and Scotland's front-row over the last couple of seasons, and Gregor thinks the younger Fagerson has the potential to match that progress.

Speaking in the Evening Times, Gregor said: "He's a player with real potential. He played very well for the U20s this year at 7, but he did a lot of ball-carrying. He's someone we have high hopes for in the future.

"He's 18. Just now he's an excellent ball-carrier and to have that at 7 is a bonus. If he grows more he could develop into someone who could play No 8 at the highest level.

"We believe any player coming into our system can play for Scotland, but he's obviously playing at professional level as an 18-year-old and he's playing very well for the 20s. So if he carries on working hard he can obviously achieve a lot in the game. He has a great role model in his brother."