Scotland international hooker Scott Lawson is set to swap club allegiances from Sale Sharks to Gloucester Rugby.
The former Glasgow Warriors player has signed a one year contract with last season's Heineken Cup quarter-finalists Gloucester who brought the 26-year-old international and as cover for Ross McMillan who sustained a an injury during a pre-season game against Bayonne.
Lawson will join two former Sharks now at Kingsholm in fellow hooker Andy Titterell and Olivier Azam.
Gloucester head coach Dean Ryan believes that Lawson is a high-calibre option for his scrum and is looking forward to see his hooker progress.
The 16 times capped international is delighted with the move: "To get an opportunity with a side like Gloucester is fantastic and I am just desperate for the chance to show them what I can do. This is a new chapter in my career and I am looking forward to it. Gloucester are regarded as a hugely go-forward and ambitious club and I want to help play my part in that quest for success." said the hooker.
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