Glasgow-Munster: Warriors To Face Champs

Rory BaldwinCorrespondent ISeptember 3, 2009

GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 18: Sam Pinder of Glasgow Warriors tackles Glen Jackson of Saracens during the Heineken Cup match at Firhill Stadium January 18, 2007 in Glasgow , Scotland.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Sean Lineen announced his first Glasgow Warriors squad of the season, fresh from a narrow preseason victory over Kelly Brook’s boyfriend and the rest of the Wasps.

They take on Champs Munster, who may play more of their big guns early on in the season (rather than save them for Europe) now that a top four place is all that is required. Pity we won’t get to see Max Evans match up against De Villiers till later in the season, though.

No, I’ve never heard of young prop Jon Welsh either, but I think Scottish rugby may have finally woken up to the reality that young talent needs to be brought “on stream” earlier than was previously thought to keep the level of depth and competition for places strong.

Chuck ‘em in at the deep end—it seems to have worked for Ruaridh Jackson last season.

I’m particularly excited to see what impact Chris Cusiter can bring to a Glasgow backline with a fair amount of potential with newcomer Peter Murchie, Rob Dewey, and Thom Evans (especially with the likes of Jackson, Colin Shaw, Peter Horne, Max Evans, and Colin Gregor challenging, too).

After many of us thought he had disappeared without contract, Dan Parks continues his career resurrection, holding off Jackson’s challenge at 10 for now. Consistency is the watchword for this season—if they can find that, Glasgow can do better than many expect.


Glasgow Team To Face Munster

Bernardo Stortoni, Rob Dewey, Peter Murchie, Graeme Morrison, Thom Evans, Dan Parks, Chris Cusiter, Jon Welsh, Dougie Hall, Moray Low, Tim Barker, Alastair Kellock (captain), Kelly Brown, John Barclay, Johnnie Beattie

Substitutes: Pat MacArthur, Kevin Tkachuk, Dan Turner, Richie Vernon, Mark McMillan, Ruaridh Jackson, Colin Shaw

It’s not on TV, this one, but you can catch Nathan Hines’ new team, Leinster, in action against Sean Lamont’s new team, the Scarlets, on Saturday evening on S4C (Lamont starts, Hines is rested).