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Paris eager to make Glasgow debut

Guinness PRO12 Editor

31 Oct 2012


Canadian international Taylor Paris insists he will remain patient in search of his first RaboDirect PRO12 appearance for Glasgow Warriors – but he’s eyeing a run out against Newport Gwent Dragons this Friday.

The 20-year-old was named on the bench by head coach Gregor Townsend in the 24-13 victory over Treviso last Saturday but failed to make it on to the pitch.

But the wing, who joined the Scottish side in the summer, claims it’s just a matter of time before he gets his chance, and he’s eager to make it count.

He told the Glasgow Evening Times: “I am desperate to gain some experience in the RaboDirect PRO12 and it would be great to be heading home on the back of a run-out for Warriors against the Dragons on Friday night.

"I knew when I came here it would take time to establish myself and that patience would be important. It was great to make the bench for the Treviso game, although a bit frustrating not to get on.

"But Gregor has been very good with me and given me a lot of encouragement, and I know that I still have a lot to learn and to develop as a rugby player.

"But it would be great to make my debut at home against Dragons as Scotstoun is a great venue and I'd love the chance to show what I can do.”

While Paris has been out of the side he’s been keeping his fitness in check by playing for Dundee HSFP, but with an international break just around the corner he wants to return to top class domestic action.

The Canucks’ youngest-ever player to win an international cap is set to lock horns with Samoa, Russia and New Zealand Maori in the autumn internationals.

"They are three big games for us and everyone knows how physical and tough Samoa and the New Zealand Maoris are. But Russia will also be a really tough challenge for us,” he added.

"Hopefully I will get plenty of game time, but it has been good to get five or six games under my belt with Dundee.

“The last thing you want as a rugby player is to be training all week and then not getting any game time. So I feel like I am pretty sharp and I'm just hungry to make my debut."