Gloucester sign Leeds fullback
March 27, 2014
Stevie McColl on Leeds duty back in 2013 © Getty Images
Gloucester have added to their squad with the signing of fullback Stevie McColl from Leeds.
McColl was called up to the Scotland squad for the 2013 autumn internationals and has excelled at Leeds over the last three seasons. Gloucester boss Nigel Davies has backed McColl to make the step up from the Championship to the Aviva Premiership.
"Again, he's somebody who stands out at Championship level. Leeds are a good team, who play a particularly good brand of rugby and who are fighting hard to get into the Premiership," Davies said. "Steve's been a big part of their success. He's a very strong, very powerful runner from deep and who hits good lines. He was part of the Edinburgh Academy at one stage and moved to get more opportunities.
"As a result of playing in the Championship, he's gained a lot of experience and he's shown his quality. I'm very excited about this guy. Both he and Mark [Atkinson, announced earlier this week as signing from Bedford Blues] can make the step up from Championship level rugby and be a huge success.
"We're bringing really explosive players into the back line, who have got a big physical presence and that's important."
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