Duncan Weir believes Glasgow are ready to emulate the “glory years” as he closes in on new deal

The fly-half sees similarities this year with the 2015 Pro12 champions

Duncan Weir. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Duncan Weir is close to extending his contract with Glasgow: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

DUNCAN WEIR sees echoes of Glasgow’s “glory years” around Scotstoun this season and is eager to remain a part of it beyond the summer.

Warriors reached the 2014 Pro 12 final, where they lost to Leinster, before defeating Munster the following year to lift the trophy in Weir’s first stint at the club.

Glasgow boasted a stellar line-up in those days with Stuart Hogg, Finn Russell, Jonny Gray, Al Kellock and Niko Matawalu among those who took to the field for that 2015 showcase occasion in Belfast.


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Weir, though, believes their greatest asset back then was the depth of the squad, with players dropping in and out without weakening the line-up, a policy also adopted by current head coach Franco Smith.

Warriors sit third in the United Rugby Championship table and face a last 16 Champions Cup tie with Harlequins next month and Weir believes they are in good shape to bring silverware back to Scotstoun.

The 32-year-old said: “We’re in a good position in both competitions so in the 14 weeks that we have left in the season we want to go and do something pretty special if we keep growing our performances week on week from now.

“We’ve only done a certain amount of the job and the stuff that really counts is just around the corner. It’s about hitting out straps now and improving week on week to make sure we can make it count when it comes to knockout rugby.

“I feel that it’s been quite similar this year to [a decade ago]. I remember even in 2014 when we reached the final, you could have fielded two different XVs and nobody would have batted an eyelid in terms of standards as whoever was taking to the field was getting results.

“That squad mentality was really strong that year and again in 2015 when we won it.

“This season has felt a bit like those glory years and it feels like we’ve got a huge opportunity to do something special this year too.

“It’s that same feeling when Franco is changing the team and boys are seamlessly rotating in and out and grabbing their opportunity. In the [more recent] past it’s maybe been a more consistent starting team and then if there were changes people were almost trying too hard to stake a claim.

“This season there’s an understanding that everyone will get a shot and it’s about how they can help the team improve.

“That’s special when a squad can get to that place and you can be comfortable with whoever is playing around you. We’re all singing off the same hymn sheet.”

Weir will soon be out of contract, and with Adam Hastings heavily rumoured to be arriving in the summer, the feeling was the former Worcester Warriors No. 10 could he heading out the door. Instead he revealed that he is close to penning an extended deal.

“I’m out of contract in the summer but things are looking positive to keep playing. It’s pretty much done. It’s looking likely that I’ll be staying here. I’ve just left my agent deal with all that nonsense and told them to come to me when they’ve got something worthwhile to tell me! The communication has all been good and it’s all looking pretty cushty.

“I’ve really enjoyed this season. I feel that every time I’ve taken the pitch alongside other guys getting their chances we’ve taken them. I feel comfortable slotting in now. I’m at an age where I want to know the gameplan first and then it’s how can I implement that.

“We’re all comfortable with what Franco is asking us and have a knowledge of what each other is doing.”

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9 Comments

  1. I hope Adam Hastings is coming, because for my money loose head and stand off are the two positions in which Glasgow need more depth in quality – and funnily enough young Adam and Sutherland were the two I had in mind. If it comes to pass, then I must remember to start playing the lottery again! Hastings would give Thompson the push he needs to develop his potential further, while Weir is the honest soldier with years of experience in reserve. I have a lot of time for Tom Jordan, who is possibly the most abrasive number ten I can recall, always seeking contact. But I don’t believe the more subtle skills are there in sufficient quantities and was interested to see his breenging style of play brough to inside centre in recent games. But with Big Stafford and Sione already in place, it doesn’t look like a long term future for him in that position. I would keep him though, for he has great moments.

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    • Sonie where does Simpson fit into this, that’s 4 people in front of him now. These young guys need to play

  2. A new contract for Weir isn’t an obvious decision, but I suspect he is doing a lot of work behind the scenes as a mentor with Thompson and Jordan.

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  3. No. Another player past their prime on a wage at Glasgow while other teams in the league are signing quality. Hastings is massively overrated and constantly injured, Thompson isn’t great and Jordan is a 12. Glasgow need a serious fly half if they want to remain at the top table.

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  4. Massive respect for him but getting how can Glasgow seriously challenge for anything if all they are signing is sick note ex players and players that have had their time on the pitch. Wee Dunc is well past it, and if he does sign a new deal then that shows a clear lack of ambition from the Warriors. Hastings isn’t the fly half everyone thinks he is either. Constantly injured and is riding on a surname.

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    • On Hastings…

      Dempsey was constantly Injured before Glasgow took a chance on him.

      Van Der Merwe also had his problems with Injury before Edinburgh took the chance to revitalise his career.

      Players are well looked after in Scotland and have a good chance of reaching their potential compared to a lot of other clubs.

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  5. Great to hear a new deal could be on the cards as he’s been rolling back the years with some of his performances this season.

    With a good number of the world squad missing the summer tour, Scotland could do a lot worse than take Weir on it. His experience and game management will be needed in what will mostly likely be an inexperienced squad.

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    • Jordan is a terrific talent, but he’ll never be a top 10. His future will be as a top class centre, possibly filling in at 10 when required. Thompson, Hastings, Weir and Simpson would get us through the season with Jordan covering 10 from the bench when he isn’t selected, given Franco’s preference for a 6-2 split.

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