Du Plessis to face former club in Glasgow colours
London Irish and former Saracens tighthead prop Petrus du Plessis has signed for Pro14 side Glasgow Warriors for the rest of the season.
The experienced tight-head prop played for Saracens 158 times between 2009 and 2017. During that spell he won the Champions Cup twice and the English Premiership three times.
Du Plessis will play his first game for the Warriors, if selected, against his former side Saracens, when the two sides clash at Scotstoun.
Petrus du Plessis, said: “I’m very happy to be at Glasgow Warriors, this is a great club.
“It all happened very quickly - within three days I’m here, so I’m very excited to play in the Heineken Champions Cup and Guinness PRO14 this season.
“It’s exciting that my first game could be against my former club Saracens - you couldn’t write the script if you tried!"
Glasgow Warriors Head Coach, Dave Rennie added: “It’s great that we’ve been able to obtain someone of Petrus’ experience at such short notice.
“He has played rugby at the highest level, is a good man and a really solid set piece operator.
“With Zander (Fagerson) and Siua (Halanukonuka) injured he brings some much needed depth at tight-head.”
Tonks joins Warriors' Academy
Warriors Academy have signed England Sevens international wing Mason Tonks.
Tonks, who was previously on the academy at Gloucester Rugby, has been playing regularly for Worcester Cavaliers in the Premiership Rugby Shield this season and has now signed an Academy contract.
Warriors have also dual-registered Kai Owen – who made his debut against Darlington Mowden Park – and number eight Tom Dodd with Moseley, taking the number of players currently gaining valuable senior experience outside of the Gallagher Premiership to seven.
Sale recruit former Leicester and Wasps loosehead, Bristow
Sale Sharks have signed loosehead prop Tom Bristow from Narbonne.
The 27-year-old, 118kg prop played for London Welsh, Leicester Tigers and Wasps in Gallagher Premierhsip Rugby before moving to France last year. Whilst at Welsh and Tigers, a playing colleague was Sharks Academy Transition Coach Neil Briggs.
Bristow said: “It’s a bit different at Carrington from the South of France, but great to be back in the U.K.
“The opportunity to come and play for a Gallagher Premiership club is not one to turn down.
“I’m looking forward to getting to know all the lads here, and becoming a member of the Sharks front row.”
Director of Rugby Steve Diamond added: “Tom’s been on our radar for some time, and he’s well known to Neil Briggs. We will offer him a warm welcome to the Sharks squad and he will significantly improve our options in the front row.”