AFTER four months in exile, Glasgow Warriors will be back at Scotstoun next week as the countdown to their PRO14 double-header with Edinburgh begins in earnest.
The bulk of Danny Wilson’s squad – around 40 players – came off furlough this week and have been training at Oriam in two separate groups. The same arrangement will be in operation at Scotstoun, the first Glasgow Life facility in the city to reopen. Before this week the players had been taking part in voluntary individual sessions at BT Murrayfield along with members of the Edinburgh squad.
“We’re really looking forward to returning to Scotstoun,” head coach Wilson said on glasgowwarriors.org. “It’s our home, and it’s the perfect place to continue our preparations to return to rugby.
“I’d like to thank everyone who has put in work behind the scenes to get us back to Scotstoun. It’s been great to get a ball back in the players’ hands and start rugby-specific training this week, and we can’t wait to continue that at Scotstoun.”
The number of players involved in training this week is greater than originally expected when the end of furlough was announced, and means that the vast majority of his squad is available to work with Wilson just now. New signings Richie Gray and Enrique Pieretto will be among those training with the group for the first time next week, according to the Warriors website.
Glasgow have not revealed which players have still to come off furlough, although it is understood that all senior players who would normally take part in big matches are either back in training or will be back on Monday. The Warriors’ double-header with Edinburgh is on Saturday 22 and Friday 28 August, with both matches being played at Murrayfield.