Leicester Tigers have signed former Scotland Under-20s front-rower Will Hurd.
The tighthead prop joins Tigers from Glasgow Warriors, where he was a member of the wider training group and featured in the Scottish club’s development ranks.
"When I told my mum, she was definitely happy to have me back just half an hour down the road again. My mum, dad and sister are really happy for me, they're very excited"Will Hurd
Born in Leicester, Hurd went to Ashby School before moving to Loughborough College and on to Cardiff Metropolitan University to study Business Marketing.
With Scottish relatives on his mother’s side, Hurd was selected as part of the Scotland Rugby’s 2019 Under-20s squad for the Six Nations and Junior World Championship in Argentina.
As a youngster, Hurd played junior rugby at Ashby RFC and – in the Under-10s – took part in the Prima Tiger Cup at Mattioli Woods Welford Road, as well as attending Tigers Rugby Camps with Ashby and at Coalville RFC.
Speaking about the addition of Hurd, Tigers head coach Steve Borthwick said: “Will is a promising young front-rower who we are glad to welcome in to our squad.
“He is a local lad who knows the important role Leicester Tigers plays in our community and is very passionate about the club.
“Will is a hard-working, tough player who is committed to improving as a player and contributing to Leicester Tigers on and off the pitch.
“As we continue re-shaping this squad, it’s important to me and everybody at Tigers that we are adding players who know the importance of representing Leicestershire and our supporters as well as ensuring we demonstrate the characteristics of this community and the hard-working people.
“We are confident Will is a player who can develop here at Tigers and is surrounded by experienced, world-class players in his position who he will learn from and improve as he continues to work alongside them as part of our programme.”
Hurd added: "I know the calibre of players and coaches at Tigers, as well as the experience they have in the game. I am going to learn a lot here.
"I want to be a modern-day prop, doing the work up front and also able to be versatile in what I can offer around the pitch in attack and defence.
"It's going to be tough but I am looking forward to it, I am really happy to be here.
"When I told my mum, she was definitely happy to have me back just half an hour down the road again. My mum, dad and sister are really happy for me, they're very excited."
Hurd has joined his new team-mates at the club’s Oval Park training ground this week.