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Clegg signs on at Vallis Way

Ealing Trailfinders can confirm that Rory Clegg has joined on a long-term contract from Glasgow Warriors ahead of the transfer deadline last Friday.

The fly-half has played for the current Guinness Pro 12 champions since the start of the 2015-16 season and scored 95 points in 14 appearances. The 27-year-old has also appeared for Harlequins, Newcastle Falcons and England Saxons. 

“I’m really pleased to join Ealing Trailfinders, which has a great set-up and group of coaches who have a strong vision for the club’s development,” Clegg said. 

“I had a great time at Glasgow Warriors, but now want to show what I can do on the pitch for Ealing Trailfinders and help them build on the success they’ve enjoyed so far this season and into the future.”

Clegg was born in Hannover, Germany but grew up in north-east England. He joined Newcastle Falcons and made his debut for them aged 18 and went on to score 342 points from 52 appearances in two spells at Kingston Park. 

He moved south to Harlequins in 2009 and went on to score 264 points in 55 appearances for Quins. During his time at The Stoop he was part of the squad that won the 2012 Aviva Premiership title. 

Clegg initially joined Glasgow Warriors in July 2015 as Rugby World Cup 2015 cover. After the contract finished he moved to USC Oyonnax but returned to Scotstoun Stadium in March 2016. 

At international level Clegg was named man of the match when England Saxons won the 2011 Churchill Cup and he won caps for England U20, U18 and U16. 

“Rory is someone we have been following for some time and it is great to bring him in at this stage of the season,” Director of Rugby Ben Ward said. 

“We have been a little short in the 10 area this season. Aaron Penberthy has done a fantastic job for us but if he had picked up an injury we would have been in a bit of trouble. 

“Rory has signed with us on a long-term contract and I'm looking forward to seeing him and Aaron push each other on. Rory will bring experience of playing at Harlequins, Newcastle Falcons and Glasgow Warriors. He has a good kicking game with good distribution and I believe he will add a lot of value to the group. 

“It's a great sign of where we are as a team to be able to attract someone of his quality to Ealing Trailfinders and hopefully not the last high-quality signing we make over the coming months.”