Glasgow Warriors set to announce new arrival

Assistant coach Pete Murchie says there will be some squad rotation but challenge posed by Zebre not being underestimated

Glasgow Warriors have won two games on the bounce since their narrow defeat away to Ulster in round one of this URC campaign. Image: © Craig Watson -
Glasgow Warriors have won two games on the bounce since their narrow defeat away to Ulster in round one of this URC campaign. Image: © Craig Watson -

GLASGOW WARRIORS are expected to unveil a new signing tomorrow [Tuesday] and it will not be JP du Preez, the giant South African lock who was linked with a move to Scotstoun over the weekend but who is contracted to Sale Sharks until the end of the season.

It is not known whether the new face is a second-row or whether he will join the squad immediately, although Warriors are definitely light on numbers in this position at the moment with Scott Cummings ruled out of action for up to two months last week with a a hand injury, Kiran McDonald sidelined for a likely minimum of six weeks last month with a kidney injury and Hamish Bain yet to feature this season following shoulder surgery during the summer.

That leaves Richie Gray, Lewis Bean and Rob Harley as the only recognised second-rows currently available in the senior squad, with academy prospects Alex Samuel, Max Williamson (both 19) and Euan Ferrie (20) the next cabs off the rank.

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Meanwhile, Warriors assistant Pete Murchie has insisted that the team are expecting a tough challenge when they face struggling Zebre this Saturday. The Italian side currently prop up the United Rugby Championship table as the only team to have lost all three matches so far, and with the start of Scotland’s Autumn Test schedule just a fortnight away, several leading players are set to be rested.

However, Murchie was adamant that the desire to rotate the squad will not jeopardise the team’s chances at the Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi.

“You are always trying to get that balance between giving guys opportunities where they are earned and trying to get wins,” he said. “We have made changes through these first three games, and there is also the Scotland element where some players are managed. “So, we’ll have a look at selection this weekend, but if you go away to Zebre and make too many changes because you think it is in the bag, then history tells us you are likely to come unstuck.

“I know they haven’t had a great start to this year, but they are a dangerous team,” he added. “They’ve got guys like Carlo Canna playing at 10, and if you aren’t on your game then he’s got the ability to rip you apart.

“A couple of guys will come in, potentially, but we won’t be making wholesale changes. We know we will have to play well.”

Murchie added that Scotland prop Oli Kebble is one player who could come back into contention this week, having missed the start of the campaign after ankle surgery.

Ali Price and Zander Fagerson returned to raining last week but won’t come into the selection mix until the following Friday’s home match against Leinster, meaning that they will play only one game before Scotland’s opening match of the Autumn against Tonga on 30th October.


Glasgow Warriors have announced that they will urge fans to “Plaster It Purple” at Scotstoun when the club takes on Leinster just before the November break, to raise money and awareness for Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity. Supporters attending the game are being encouraged to dress in purple for the match.

“We are delighted to have Glasgow Warriors continue their generous support with this Plaster It Purple charity match,” said William McGowan, Head of Partnerships & Events at Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity.

“We rely entirely on fundraising and donations to ensure that we can be there for seriously ill children in hospital with our life-changing projects and support services, and we can’t wait for the big event which will help to raise awareness of and funds for a cause so close to the hearts of many players and fans.”

Glasgow Warriors Managing Director, Al Kellock, added: “In the coming weeks we want to raise as much money and awareness for our charity partner, Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity.

“Dedicating a night at Scotstoun, on one of our most popular fixtures in the calendar, allows us as a club and the entire Warrior Nation to show our support to the to the kids that the hospital looks after and appreciation to their staff and the families affected by their work, particularly after the challenges of the past 18 months.”

“The night is set to be a very special occasion and we look forward to welcoming the Warrior Nation.”

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  1. SG Covid bailout dosh to the rescue….? Again!

    Don’t like this comment? No worries – but, before you go, please give us your take on GW’s share of last FY net (i.e. NET) operational deficit of £13.5 million from the SRU’s two financially unsustainable proteams. £13.5 million!!!

    • my take is quite simple Ron.
      The cash cow is the national team. We have been filling Murrayfield because of good marketing of a competitive national team. If the national team is not competitive we will go back to not filling Murrayfield.
      The national team needs players playing top level rugby to be competitive. That means in professional teams against professional teams in a professional high standard league. That costs money. It would be very nice if those teams were self sufficient. They do however generate significant sums.
      Basically no pro teams, poorer national team and less income. Like it? I don’t.

      So are you going to tell us about your alternative, or revert to “I know stuff you don’t”

      • The viable & feasible alternative has already been publicised on TOL – in this respect the “plan” centred upon a Scottish Thistles version of the UAR Jaguares. Off you go septic+9, check it out….

        Your basic “contained in the box” thinking is a major drawback, and your premise concerning (presumably Scottish) professional teams – plural – is invalid, since there are many opportunities for top Scottish players to ply their trade and thereby develop (as both players and persons) amongst the highest levels of elite players, coaches and clubs. Our thinking is way ahead of all that infantile “must have our proteams” nonsense; we know the score, the facts, from the inside.

        And, although those who know me would say I am probably more more highly, specifically, widely and indeed relevantly qualified than you, with much more directly relevant experience (and therefore infinitely more knowledgeable) I’m too much of a gentleman to say so myself.

        Go smell the coffee.

    • ah, Jaguars. The team that was wound up. Good call.
      Where are all these places where scottish players and coaches could develop? They exist currently and augment our 2 pro teams. Most of ours who go to them come from our 2 pro teams. With one pro team we half the number of players playing and thus who may move, and half the number of spaces for new players from academies, S6 (which you would shut down) or other clubs. Other leagues which they might move to (France and England( have increasingly tighter controls on non French or English Q players – it isn’t the open field it was a few years back – only the best will be signing for top pro teams. Irish and welsh also have tight controls – both tend mainly to sign NQ players who will not be required by their union. We already have a very small player base for Scotland, deliberately cutting if further is mental. And weakens the cash cow. And reduces pro team income by half, maybe more depending on hw set up and where.
      That is before we even address where that team would play – no guarantee they could play in URC for example.

      I’m sure you think you are well qualified. Very sure, Big heads usually do and are not slow to show their vanity. And all too often are wrong

      • To add to what septic+9 says, both Pro teams have spend 20+ years building a fan base, where would these thistles be based? As a Glasgow resident, i doubt id be travelling through to Edinburgh every weekend to support a team thats not from my city. Or would the team move around, an option thats failed in most team sports, as you cant build a fan base with a team the plays in a different city every week.

        Most of the negative comments about the pro teams come from people that have no interest in supporting them. Ive been going to Glasgow games as a fan for nearly 20 years, and dont want to see them go.

  2. Nathan McBeth was rumoured a few weeks ago and then Brad Thyer arrived on loan. Any chance it was to cover until McBeth was available?
    Hamilton Burr will be a great replacement foe Bob Harley one day, but maybe not yet.
    From Super 6 Logan Trotter was rumoured but then seemed to get injured. The Ayrshire Bulls locks have both played at Championship level before and stood out in Super 6, if we need short term cover there.

    • Pro teams don’t give super 6 players chances to advance .
      They sign up journeymen foreign players to fill gaps.
      Just wait and see .

    • J Gray is injured. It was in a local rag article at the start of the season. Shoulder tidy up op I think.

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