Ayr centre Mark Bennett is moving to France this summer to join French champions Clermont Auvergne.
Scottish Rugby confirmed the move to the French club's academy in a press release this morning. Mark, who has lit up the Premier 1 scene this season, is a product of the excellent youth provision at Cumnock RFC and latterly here at Millbrae. He has played through the representative ranks too in the Pathway and Glasgow District programme and for Scotland Under 20s in this year's 6 Nations campaign. He played for Glasgow Warriors against Leinster in Dublin last week. Mark is a member of the Elite Development Programme attached to Glasgow Warriors.
Ayr supporters will be sad to see him go but wish him well. His last accolade was to pick up the Man of the Match Award in our dramatic Cup win against Melrose at Murrayfield. He's pictured below going in for his try.
Although unable to pick up a full-time professional contract in Scotland, this is an exciting move for the talented youngster and we will be keeping a very close eye on his progress and future achievements. Mark and his family have become a real part of the fabric at Millbrae and they will always be welcome here.
We hope the French players can keep up with him!