Scotland discard joins Premiership side
TRANSFER NEWS: Glasgow and Scotland centre Alex Dunbar has joined Newcastle in their bid to avoid relegation from the English Premiership, the northeast club announced.
The 28-year-old had been training with Scotland ahead of the start of the Six Nations this week but has now joined Newcastle after his release from the national squad.
Dunbar has scored seven tries in 31 Test appearances and represented Gregor Townsend’s side in their November internationals against Wales, Fiji and Argentina.
Newcastle are currently four points adrift at the bottom of the Premiership table, with only the basement club relegated at the end of the season.
“Alex is a very experienced operator at the top level who will help give us the strength and quality we need during the back half of the Premiership season,” said Newcastle director of rugby Dean Richards in a club statement.
“He brings real physicality to the game, he picks great lines and he will offer us valuable competition in an important area of the side between now and the end of the season,” former England No.8 added.
Meanwhile, Dunbar said: “Coming down to Newcastle for the rest of the season gives me a great opportunity to play some rugby, and I’m excited by the prospects here.
“The Premiership is a really high-quality competition, I’ve been keen to test myself in that environment and it’s now just a case of trying to get up to speed with all the calls and patterns and pushing my case for selection.”