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August 06, 2007

Ross Ford joins Glasgow Warriors

Posted by Editor on August 6, 2007 03:09 PM | 2 comments | Print | E-mail author

Ross Ford will team up with Fergus Thomson at Glasgow Warriors
Scotland international hooker Ross Ford is the latest signing to be confirmed by the Glasgow Warriors.

A member of the 2006 Calcutta Cup winning team, Ross said: “It’s no doubt that I’m joining Glasgow at an exciting time for the Warriors.

”With a few other hookers in the ranks, I’ll hopefully develop a more competitive edge to my game, which can only benefit me in the long-run.”

Warriors head coach, Sean Lineen, added: “Ross will add to our strength in depth at hooker.

“It is every coach’s dream to have a competitive stable of hookers, all competing for the starting jersey.”

Ross won his first senior cap for Scotland when he was introduced as a replacement during the opening match of the 2004 Abbey Autumn Tests against Australia at Murrayfield.

It was over a year until he made his second appearance, reward for a solid season with his old club, Border Reivers, when he came on as a replacement against Wales in the 2006 RBS 6 Nations.

But it was more than two years after his debut – following nine replacement appearances – that he had his first Scotland start against France in Paris on the final day of the 2007 Six Nations Championship.

Ross captained Scotland Under-16 and was a member of Scotland’s 2002 Commonwealth Games Sevens squad in Manchester.

He has also represented his country at Under-18, Under-19, and Under-21 levels. His under-19 honours included the 2002 IRB/FIRA world junior championship in Italy, when he played in all four of Scotland’s games at flanker.

He made his Under-21 international debut in the 2004 match against the Welsh at Bridgend, and he played in the age group’s world championship that year and in 2005.

His 2005/06 season was cut short by a knee injury in a Celtic League match against Glasgow in March.

Ross, who is a member of the Scottish Institute of Sport, was named Border Reivers Player of the Year at the Scottish Rugby Awards Dinner in May 2006.

Comments
Posted by Paul Mellor on August 7, 2007 12:43 AM | Reply to this comment

It is actually quite interesting with all the talk of the amount of conditioning and fitness training the Scotland squad have been putting in. From interviews and such they sound like they could knock the stuffing out of the likes of even New Zealand.

I, for one, am quietly confident that Scotland will surprise a lot of people this year (with regards to the last few matches ie, Italy, cough...) I say semis.

Maybe even win the bugger... Who is with me...

Go on boys, lets make a noise!!!

By the way, apologies for posting this twice...........

Posted by sunday5 on August 7, 2007 08:26 AM | Reply to this comment

I'm with you my man!

Unfortunatley, all the other teams have been putting in this kind of training also. Still at 200-1 it's worth sticking a couple of quid on Scotland. The big game is Italy and I can't wait to see our boys toe some Azzuri in France! I'm still more than a little annoyed about the last time we "played" them at Murrayfield and I bet the squad are champing at the bit to put the record straight.

I also stuck £20 on England a couple of months ago when they were at 50-1 to retain the title.... Starting to look like a good bet after the weekend. They are bound to make it to the Semi's.....

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