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January 23, 2019

Senior Warriors can lead the way

Posted by Editor on January 23, 2019 04:26 PM | No comments | Print | E-mail author

Warriors will rely on the experience of players like Ruaridh Jackson
Ruaridh Jackson is one of the senior players hoping to guide Glasgow's younger squad members through the upcoming Six nations period.

Warriors will be without a host of their front-line players as Scotland prepare for the Six Nations but Jackson says there's enough know-how in the squad to cope.

Speaking in The Herald, Jackson said: "I think I try and put some of the wisdom that I've gathered through the years on some of the guys through the year anyway. It probably does mean a bit of an added responsibility during this period because you lose a lot of those leaders, (Ryan) Wilson, Hoggy (Stuart Hogg) and people like that. So, there is an added onus on the likes of myself, Fuzzy (Chris Fusaro) and Rob Harley who will be going back and forth.

"Those guys who have been through the wringer, who have been through it all, hopefully we can help lead the young guys, but we've also got a culture where young guys can speak up and fight for themselves a little bit. It's not a hierarchy per se, so the young guys have the confidence. If they think something should be done differently, they are willing to speak up which is a good thing."

A poor run of form has seen Glasgow's lead in their PRO14 Conference wiped out to the extent that, now in second spot, they could find themselves out of the play-off positions should they suffer a big loss to Ospreys at Scotstoun on Friday evening.

Jackson pointed out, however, that they need only look back to the autumn international window in November, when the narrowest and cruellest of defeats at Munster was followed by a fine win at the Ospreys, a thrashing of Cardiff Blues at Scotstoun and arguably the team's performance of the season when 14 men beat the Scarlets.

"It wasn't a fun period over Christmas, the Edinburgh games and then Treviso away," he admitted. "However, I think this is a great new period for us, because a lot of guys who haven't been playing in that period and their memories will be from the autumn where we played really well and played some good rugby," said Jackson. "So, I think these guys will be chomping at the bit and really fresh, and try correct some of the issues we've had over the last period, but also just focus on ourselves and really go and push the boundaries. We want to make sure that come the end of the Six Nations we are in a better position than when we started."