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Kiwi fly-half to train with league leaders

Guinness PRO12 Editor

17 Feb 2010


Ayr fly-half Frazier Climo will see Glasgow’s push for Magners League glory first hand after it was announced that he will begin training with the league leaders after the end of the Six Nations.

The 22-year-old New Zealander is currently plying his trade in Scotland’s Premier One, where an array of assured performances have seen him mooted as a possible successor to Dan Parks.

Australian-born Parks leaves Firhill for fellow Magners League outfit Cardiff Blues at the conclusion of the current campaign and Climo could be the man to push Ruridah Jackson for the No10 shirt next season.

Glasgow boss Sean Lineen has watched Climo in person and on tape and has been impressed enough with what he has seen to bring him into the fold with the season in full flight.

And Climo, who only joined Ayr from Taranaki side New Plymouth Old Boys in the summer of 2008, is delighted to have the chance to continue his rugby career in Scotland at a higher level.

“I just want to be playing, whether it’s at stand-off, full-back, the wing… whatever, so even being associated with a side such as Glasgow is a fantastic opportunity,” said Climo, who helped Ayr claim the Premier One title last season.

“I’ve done a lot of training in the gym during the winter, and Ayr have a heavy backlog of fixtures in the next few months – as many as 13 or 14 games between now and the start of May – but things are going really well and the more challenges there are, the better.

“I didn’t know what to expect when I first arrived, but I love being here and I want to keep aiming to raise my standards.”

It may be early days but Climo has even been talked about as a possible Scotland outside-half in the making.

While an extended summer holiday back home seems to mean he won’t qualify on residency grounds until August 2012, the Kiwi star has caught the eye of Scotland boss Andy Robinson who has contacted his club to check on his progress.

Climo himself says that impressing the Glasgow staff and continuing to succeed with Ayr is more of priority than dreaming of a Scotland cap, but he does admit that representing his adopted country is something he isn’t willing to rule out.

"To be honest it’s difficult for me to say anything about this because I haven’t heard anything official yet, nobody has spoken to me at all," added Climo. 

"Everyone wants to represent their country and while my first choice would always be New Zealand, it would be a great honour to represent Scotland because it feels like a second home to me now. The people here have been great.

“But I know I have to prove myself to the Glasgow coaches before I can even think about anything higher.

“It’s flattering to be linked with Scotland but I owe it to Ayr to repay the faith they have shown in me by trying to help them retain their Premiership title for the rest of the season and that is my first priority.”