John Barclay (rugby union)

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John Barclay
Full name John Adam Barclay
Date of birth (1986-09-24) 24 September 1986 (age 27)
Place of birth Hong Kong
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 102 kg (16 st 1 lb)
School Dollar Academy
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Flanker / Number 8
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Glasgow Warriors
correct as of 1 March 2014.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2007– Scotland 43 (10)
correct as of 18 November 2013.

John Barclay born 24 September 1986 in Hong Kong is a Scottish rugby union player for Scarlets in the Pro 12.His position is Openside Flanker.

He attended Dollar Academy where he captained the school's 1st XV to victory against the High School of Dundee in the Bell Lawrie White Scottish Schools Cup final at Murrayfield in 2004. Immediately after leaving school, whilst still only the age of 17, he was invited to train with the Scotland Squad by Matt Williams, the Scotland coach at the time. After Williams departure as head coach Barclay was not picked for the Scotland squad again until the 2007 World Cup after a run of strong performances for club side Glasgow Warriors. He made his debut versus New Zealand in the pool stages in a mainly B side eventually losing 40-0.

After the 2007 World Cup Barclay started to become involved with the Scotland Squad more and became a permanent starter until the end of the 2011 World Cup. During this time he gained wide recognition from many pundits (including Stuart Barnes and Stephen Jones) as one of the top Openside "fetchers" in the game due to his dominance of the breakdown. Most notably his Man of the Match performance in the Scotland victory of the World Champions South Africa at Murrayfield in the 2010 Autumn Internationals and his role in the "Killer Bs" back row (Barclay, Johnnie Beattie and Kelly Brown) during that years 6 Nations when they were regarded as the strongest back-row combination in the championship.

After Scotland's exit at the pool stages of the 2011 World Cup (the first time in history that they hadn't reached the knock-out stages) Barclay found himself dropped from the Scotland starting XV for Edinburgh flanker Ross Rennie during the 2012 6 Nations Championship. Due to injury to captain Kelly Brown Robinson moved him to blindside flanker where he impressed .

Barclay was picked ahead of Fusaro for Scotland's Summer Tour to Australia and the Pacific Islands by then Head Coach Andy Robinson. He played in the famous victory over Australia in Newcastle but then returned home for personal reasons, missing out on the following victory over Samoa .

After overcoming a series of injuries at the start of the 2012–13 season Barclay regained his form for Glasgow at the end of the season and started most games whilst Fusaro suffered with injury.

It was announced in the second half of the season that Glasgow had controversially renaged on a contract offer and that On 22 April 2013, Barclay would join the Scarlets on a three-year contract for the next season.[1] He helped Glasgow to a third place finish in the Rabodirect Pro12 and a play-off spot away to Leinster which the Warriors narrowly lost.

Barclay missed Scotland's 2013 Summer tour to South Africa due to requiring surgery. He started the 2013–14 season with the Scarlets and is currently part of the Scotland squads 2013 Autumn Internationals.


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