THE world keeps turning. As the Scotland men’s team head home from their summer tour of South America, the country’s two pro teams began pre-season this morning.
Glasgow issued a squad update which revealed that 28 players will be involved in the first first block of preparation for the 2022-23 campaign, which will be overseen by assistant coaches Nigel Carolan, Pete Murchie, Pete Horne, Al Dickinson and Head of Athletic Performance Cillian Reardon. A new head coach has not yet been announced following the abrupt departure of Danny Wilson at the end of last season.
New signings Allan Dell, JP du Preez, Sintu Manjezi and Sione Vailanu have all checked in, as have three players from SRU partner club Old Glory DC in the USA – Corey Daniel (back-row), John Rizzo (winger) and Owen Sheehy (fly-half/full-back). Ayrshire Bulls scrum-half Cameron Jones is also involved as additional cover.
Current training squad –
- Forwards: Lewis Bean, Simon Berghan, Fraser Brown, Corey Daniel, Allan Dell, Jack Dempsey, Jamie Drummond*, JP du Preez, Euan Ferrie*, Angus Fraser, Thomas Gordon, Riche Gray, Oli Kebble, Harris McLeod*, Sintu Manjezi, Nathan McBeth, Archie Smeaton*, Sione Vailanu, Ryan Wilson.
- Backs: Cole Forbes, Logan Jarvie*, Cameron Jones, Tom Jordan, Sean Kennedy, Stafford McDowall, John Rizzo, Owen Sheehy, Kyle Steyn
A further 20 senior players who have been on international duty will link back up with the squad after block one. Jamie Dobie is in New Zealand for the summer but will return in time for the start of the new campaign.
On the injury front, Kyle Steyn has recovered from his ankle injury sustained against the Stormers and returns to full training.
Ally Miller (back), Alex Samuel (hand) and Josh McKay (ankle) have all undergone surgery during the off-season and are expected to be back fit for the opening rounds of the URC.
Duncan Weir (calf) and Gregor Brown (groin) are both managing soft tissue injuries and will re-join the squad later in pre-season.
Huw Jones continues to recover from a back injury sustained in Harlequins semi-final loss against Saracens and is expected to be available for the start of the URC season.
Enrique Pieretto has sustained a shoulder injury while with Argentina XV and underwent shoulder surgery on Saturday and is expected to be out until November.
Edinburgh have not issued a squad update at this stage.