Ali Price has given buoyant Glasgow Warriors a further boost by extending his contract at Scotstoun until 2020.

The 24-year-old, who made his Scotland debut a year ago and has went on to represent his country 11 times, scored in the 53-24 trouncing of Australia last weekend and has capped a good few days by signing a new deal with his club.

The Warriors host Cardiff Blues tomorrow night as they look to make it 10 wins out of 10 in the Guinness PRO14.

And Price said: “It was an incredibly easy decision for me to make. I’ve been up here for four years now and I’m loving it and the club’s in a really good place.

“Playing at Scotstoun is a feeling I can’t really explain. I love the buzz. I’m staying here because I want to win things. I feel like the squad and coaching staff we’ve got here have the ability to do that and it’s really exciting.”

Meanwhile, gentle giant Kiran McDonald is relishing the chance to make his mark with the Warriors after a winning debut last weekend.

The 23-year-old couldn’t have wished for a better debut. With a vast battalion of regulars either away on international duty or nursing a variety of injuries, McDonald was given his opportunity to shine down in Swansea and helped the Guinness PRO14 league leaders to a rousing 47-6 victory over the Ospreys.

It was an eye-catching result and the step-up to the frenzied cut-and-thrust of the PRO14 scene has been something of an eye-opener too for McDonald.

“The speed more than anything has been the big thing,” said the former Boclair Academy pupil. “It is very fast and you have to get your lungs after about 30 seconds. Once you get through that first wind you get a second wind and you get going. There are a lot of stronger players who are fitter and faster and more physical.

“The focus last weekend was about continuing the winning streak and playing the best rugby we possibly could. The media may have been touching on a few of the players being away but the younger boys coming through had to keep the standards high for when those players come back from international duty. We are competing for spaces and we have to keep the challenge steep. This is a good opportunity for myself and other aspiring young players in the set up. Hopefully I can make my mark over the next few weeks.”

Elsewhere on the domestic front, Edinburgh and Scotland flanker John Hardie has been handed a three-month suspension by Scottish rugby chiefs for “gross misconduct” over alleged cocaine use.

The ban is "part of a range of sanctions", running from the date of his initial suspension in mid-October.

He will not be available for selection by Edinburgh again until mid-January 2018.

"I would like to apologise to everyone for putting myself in this situation," said New Zealand-born Hardie, 29, who has won 16 Scotland caps since 2015 but has been limited to just three in 2017.

"Through my actions I feel I have let my club, my team-mates and the fans down. I want to acknowledge the support I have had from Edinburgh Rugby and Scottish Rugby in dealing with the issue."