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Warriors sign ex-All Blacks hooker Flynn

Glasgow Warriors have announced New Zealand's World Cup-winning hooker Corey Flynn will join the Pro 12 club next season.

The 35-year-old was part of the All Blacks squad that lifted the Webb Ellis trophy in 2011, and chose to retire from international duty after that tournament.

Flynn's last international cap came in the opening game of that World Cup, when Tonga were brushed aside 41-10, the forward opting to focus on his club career with Crusaders, Canterbury and more recently Toulouse.

He moved to France in 2014 and has made 42 appearances in all competitions, but this season will be his last in Top 14 after he agreed a two-year deal with Glasgow.

"I jumped at the chance to join the Warriors after chatting to [coach] Gregor [Townsend] and I'm good friends with Sean Maitland and he couldn't say enough good things about Glasgow," Flynn told the club's official website.

"I want to help the young hookers at the club by passing on my experience and helping them come to terms with professional rugby in a similar role to the one I had at the Crusaders."

Townsend added: "Corey is a very experienced player, who has played at the highest level of the game.

"He has shown his ability to adapt to a different rugby environment having been involved in 32 games for Toulouse last season, starting in all but one of them.

"We're excited about his arrival next season, which will be the first time a Rugby World Cup winner has played for the Warriors."