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September 02, 2017

New coaches take charge

Posted by Editor on September 2, 2017 11:34 AM | No comments | Print | E-mail author

Jonathan Humphreys says the team to face Connacht has been picked on form
Warriors take on Connacht in Galway this evening with both sides having a new head coach taking charge for the first time.

Dave Rennie and Keiran Keane both travelled to Europe from Hamilton this Autumn and the former Chiefs men's first challenge is going up against one another.

Below Rennie, Jonathan Humphreys has been working along Jason O'Halloran, Kenny Murray and Mike Blair to get Glasgow ready for the new campaign.

Speaking ahead of the fixture the Welshman said: "There's different people at Glasgow, there's different coaches at Connacht and with pre-season games you can't really tell how they're going to go.

"We think they won't be as adventurous as they were under Pat Lam, but in these early season games you've got to concentrate on yourself.

"It's been a long time that we've been in pre-season, but the whole environment is really positive right now."

The Warriors team to face Connacht is a blend of youth and experience and Humphreys says that the coaches picked the team based on what they saw in the games against Northampton Saints and the Dragons.

He said: "We wanted to see who played well and who'd be there based on the form they've had. It's a very strong team and one keen to put a mark down.

"Ruaridh Jackson played really well against the Dragons at fullback. We were all really impressed with him. It's great to have him back, he's played over 100 times for the club and it's as if he's never been away.

"Adam Hastings has impressed all the way through pre-season. He's probably one of the most competitive people I've met, and his work ethic is tremendous so he'll get his opportunity off the bench.

"Alex Dunbar is also playing is 100th game for the club. It'll mean a lot to him, he says it's been a long time coming! It's a special group, those 100 cap guys, so it's a proud moment for him."