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Glasgow Warriors
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Full name Glasgow Warriors
Founded amateur 1872; 144 years ago (1872)
professional 1996; 20 years ago (1996)[1]
Location Glasgow, Scotland
Ground(s) Scotstoun Stadium (Capacity: 10,000[2] using additional temporary seating)
Chairman Charles Shaw
Coach(es) Gregor Townsend
Captain(s) Jonny Gray
Henry Pyrgos
Most caps Graeme Morrison (176)
Top scorer Tommy Hayes (1131)
Most tries D.T.H. van der Merwe (31)
League(s) Guinness Pro12
2015–16 3rd
Team kit
2nd kit
Official website
www.glasgowwarriors.org
Rugby football current event.svg Current season

Glasgow Warriors are one of the two professional rugby teams from Scotland. The team plays in the Pro12 and the European Professional Club Rugby tournaments along with its oldest rivals, Edinburgh Rugby. The Glasgow Warriors team plays its home games at Scotstoun Stadium.[3][4] In May 2015 they won the Pro12 title and became the first Scottish team to win a major trophy in rugby union's professional era.[5]

History[edit]

Glasgow Warriors are a continuation of the amateur Glasgow District side founded in 1872.

Reshaped as a professional club in 1996, Glasgow Warriors were originally known as Glasgow Rugby before rebranding as Glasgow Caledonians in 1998 by a merger with the Caledonian Reds. They dropped the Caledonians to become Glasgow Rugby in 2001 again and finally rebranded as the Glasgow Warriors in 2005.

Originally based at Hughenden till 2007, the Warriors moved to Firhill in 2007–08 season (with a brief sojourn there also in 2005–06.) In the summer of 2012 Glasgow Warriors moved from Firhill to Scotstoun, which had previously been the club's training base.[6]

District Sides[edit]

Scotland had four District Sides:- North and Midlands; South; Glasgow District and Edinburgh District. Glasgow and Edinburgh were formed in 1872 and played the world's first ever inter-district match in that year.[7] The professional sides Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh Rugby are a continuation of these district sides and to mark the world's oldest derby they play for the 1872 Cup every year (since season 2007–08; when the collapse of the Border Reivers left Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh Rugby as Scotland's only two professional teams).

The district sides capped the best amateur players from their area's club sides to play inter-district matches and matches against touring sides. Unlike the Scottish clubs (and Ireland's provincial sides), the Scottish district sides had no settled home and were not members of their Rugby Union.[7] This meant when Scottish rugby embraced professionalism it was not clear if a model based on districts or clubs would be used.

Professional model: Club or District[edit]

It was not clear which route professionalism would go in Scotland. This created a turbulent start for professionalism in Scotland and left Scotland far behind fast-embracing Ireland in the set up of its professional structure. The first season of the Heineken Cup in 1995–96 was run without any Scottish teams in European competition.

An EGM was held by the SRU for its member clubs to debate the matter and try and settle the issue on the 8 February 1996. The SRU management was in favour of districts and its Vice-President Fred McLeod and Jim Telfer argued for the proposal. In favour of the clubs to be represented in Europe were former Scotland internationalists Gavin Hastings and Keith Robertson. Critically a speech from the floor from Brian Simmers of Glasgow Academicals – arguing that Hastings and Robertson didn't have the best interests of Scottish rugby at heart and they were arguing only for their own clubs – swung the debate and the District model won by 178 to 24.[7]

The four amateur district teams Glasgow, Edinburgh, South of Scotland and North and Midlands were to become the professional sides Glasgow Warriors, Edinburgh Rugby, Border Reivers and the Caledonia Reds.

Formation of Glasgow Warriors[edit]

Glasgow Rugby was created in 1996 to compete in the Heineken Cup, because the Scottish Rugby Union did not think that Scottish club sides would be able to compete against the best teams from France and England.[8] Glasgow, however, did not compete in the Heineken Cup until the 1997–98 season.

Glasgow and the other three Scottish districts competed in the Scottish Inter-District Championship to determine their European Qualifying; the leagues positions determining whether they entered the Heineken Cup or the Challenge Cup.

Merger with Caledonia Reds[edit]

Because of the SRU's high debt, partly as a result of the redevelopment of Murrayfield there was a recognised need for further reorganisation. After two seasons, Glasgow merged with the Caledonia Reds to form a team that would be known as Glasgow Caledonians.[9]

The forced merger came just after Glasgow had shown some signs of progress by qualifying for the Heineken Cup quarter-final play-offs, in which they suffered their heaviest defeat (90–19) to Leicester Tigers.[10] The intention was that the combined strength of the new teams would build on such modest progress and initially some very successful results were achieved, including a 1999 win against Leicester (30–17), but overall the team lacked consistency.

Celtic League formation[edit]

Concerns about attendances at games became a concern again at the time of the 1999 World Cup, by which time a Welsh-Scottish League had been announced. In essence, this would be the Welsh Premier Division augmented by the two Scottish sides.[11]

Main article: Welsh-Scottish League

The 'Caledonian' label was dropped at the start of the 2001–02 season, with the team name becoming once again Glasgow Rugby.[12]

The Celtic League began in the autumn of 2001 with the addition of the four Irish provincial teams; Glasgow reached the semi-finals of the inaugural competition, but struggled thereafter.

Main article: Pro12

In 2004–05 Glasgow had been fifth, the best placing of the three Scottish teams that existed at that time.[13]

Starting with the 2005–06 season, the team was again rebranded, this time as the Glasgow Warriors.[8]

Pro12[edit]

The Celtic League was rebranded as the Pro12 league in season 2011–12. This was to better reflect the entry of the Italian sides into the Celtic League.

The Pro12 league format has a top four play-off system to decide the champions.

Since the Pro12 started in season 2011–12, Glasgow Warriors are the only team that have made the play-offs in every year.

Records and Achievements[edit]

For Amateur era see:

Honours[edit]

  • Pro12
    • Winners: 1 (2015)
    • Runners-up: 1 (2014)
  • 1872 Cup (founded 2007–08)
    • Winners: 6 (2007–08, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14)
  • Melrose 7s
    • Winners: 2 (2014, 2015)

Season standings[edit]

Competing as Glasgow Warriors unless stated.
Competing as ᵜ Glasgow Rugby.
Competing as ᵝ Glasgow Caledonian Reds.

League competitions[edit]

Scottish Inter-District Championship Welsh-Scottish League Celtic League Pro12
Season Pos Pld W D L F A +/- BP Pts Notes
1996–97 2nd 3 2 0 1 63 51 +12 - 4
1997–98 2nd 3 2 0 1 66 29 +37 - 4 (second on tries scored)
1998–99 2nd 3 1 0 2 32 97 -65 - 2 (Edinburgh won Tri-series 2-1)
1999–00 10th 22 8 1 13 488 621 -133 - 25
2000–01 7th 22 12 0 10 645 608 +37 - 36
2001–02 8th 20 8 1 11 475 527 -52 - 25
2001–02 3rd in Pool A 7 4 1 2 204 172 +32 - 13 (lost semi-final to Leinster)
2002–03 3rd 8 2 1 5 144 210 -66 1 11
2002–03 2nd in Pool B 7 5 0 2 216 166 +50 3 23 (lost quarter-final to Ulster)
2003–04 11th 22 6 1 15 442 614 -172 6 32
2004–05 6th 20 8 1 11 465 466 -1 11 45
2005–06 11th 22 5 0 15 371 439 -68 9 37 (All deemed + 2 games: 8 pts)
2006–07 7th 20 11 0 9 434 419 +15 5 49
2007–08 5th 18 10 1 7 340 349 -9 4 46
2008–09 7th 18 7 0 11 349 375 -26 9 37
2009–10 3rd 18 11 2 5 390 321 +69 3 51 (lost semi-final to Ospreys)
2010–11 11th 22 6 1 15 401 543 -142 7 33
2011–12 4th 22 13 4 5 445 321 +124 5 65 (lost semi-final to Leinster)
2012–13 3rd 22 16 0 6 541 324 +217 12 76 (lost semi-final to Leinster)
2013–14 2nd & RU 22 18 0 4 484 309 +175 7 79 (lost final to Leinster)
2014–15 1st & CH 22 16 1 5 540 360 +180 9 75 (defeated Munster in final)
2015–16 3rd 22 13 1 7 557 380 +177 14 72 (lost semi-final to Connacht)

European competitions[edit]

European Challenge Cup Heineken Cup / European Champions Cup
Season Pos Pld W D L F A +/- BP Pts Notes
1996–97 5th in Pool A 5 1 0 4 113 202 -89 - 2
1997–98 2nd in Pool 2 6 3 0 3 132 167 -35 - 6 (lost Qtr-Final play-off to Leicester Tigers)
1998–99 4th in Pool 4 6 2 0 4 121 187 -66 - 4
1999–00 3rd in Pool 1 6 2 0 4 130 179 -49 - 4
2000–01 4th in Pool 6 6 1 0 5 137 227 -90 - 2
2001–02 3rd in Pool 5 6 2 1 3 126 198 -72 - 5
2002–03 3rd in Pool 3 6 2 0 4 86 185 -99 - 4
2003–04 2nd round 4 3 0 1 107 66 +41 - - (lost to Saracens on aggregate)
2004–05 4th in Pool 3 6 0 0 6 107 186 -79 2 2
2005–06 4th in Pool 5 6 1 0 5 131 190 -59 2 6
2006–07 2nd in Pool 2 6 4 1 1 204 72 +132 4 22 (lost to Saracens in Qtr-Final)
2007–08 3rd in Pool 4 6 3 0 3 130 127 +3 4 16
2008–09 3rd in Pool 5 6 2 0 4 134 150 -16 4 12
2009–10 3rd in Pool 2 6 2 0 4 120 140 -20 1 9
2010–11 3rd In Pool 6 6 3 0 3 116 141 -25 0 12
2011–12 2nd in Pool 3 6 2 1 3 131 190 -59 2 12
2012–13 4th in Pool 4 6 1 0 5 70 105 -35 2 6
2013–14 4th in Pool 2 6 2 0 4 98 130 -32 3 11
2014–15 3rd in Pool 4 6 3 0 3 108 84 +24 3 15
2015–16 3rd in Pool 3 6 3 0 3 114 96 +18 2 14

Finals Results[edit]

Pro12[edit]

Date Winners Score Runners-up Venue Spectators
31 May 2014 Leinster Rugby 34–12 Glasgow Warriors RDS Arena, Dublin 19,200
30 May 2015 Glasgow Warriors 31–13 Munster Rugby Kingspan Stadium, Belfast 17,057

Partial list of games played against international opposition[edit]

For international games in amateur era see: Glasgow District
Competing as Glasgow Warriors unless stated. Scores and results list Glasgow Warrior's points tally first.
Competing as ᵜ Glasgow Rugby. Competing as ᵝ Glasgow Caledonian Reds.

Year Date Opponent Venue Result Score Tour
1998 10 November  South Africa Firhill Stadium, Glasgow Loss ᵝ 9–62 1998 South Africa rugby union tour of Britain and Ireland
1998 18 November Māori people Māori All Blacks McDiarmid Park, Perth Loss ᵝ 15–53 Preview Report
1998 24 November  Fiji Firhill Stadium, Glasgow Win ᵝ 41–22 Preview Report
1999 12 August Uruguay Uruguay A Fletcher's Fields, Markham, Ontario Win ᵝ 68–8 Report
2006 13 November Scotland Scotland U20 Meggetland Sports Complex, Edinburgh Win 33-19 Report
2015 29 August  Canada Graves-Oakley Memorial Park, Halifax [14] Loss 12–19 2015 Rugby World Cup warm-up matches
2016 30 August Canada Canada A Bridgehaugh Park, Stirling Win 63–0 Preview Report

Current standings[edit]

Pro12[edit]

2016–17 Pro12 watch · edit · discuss
Team Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Points diff Tries for Tries against Try bonus Losing bonus Points
1 Wales Ospreys 2 2 0 0 91 16 75 12 2 2 0 10
2 Scotland Glasgow Warriors 2 2 0 0 74 30 44 11 4 2 0 10
3 Ireland Ulster 2 2 0 0 51 19 32 8 2 1 0 9
4 Wales Cardiff 2 2 0 0 58 39 19 7 3 1 0 9
5 Ireland Munster 2 1 0 1 46 37 9 4 4 0 1 5
6 Ireland Leinster 2 1 0 1 45 41 4 6 6 0 0 4
7 Scotland Edinburgh 2 1 0 1 36 43 −7 3 4 0 0 4
8 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons 2 1 0 1 19 35 −16 2 5 0 0 4
9 Italy Zebre 2 0 0 2 11 70 −59 1 9 0 1 1
10 Italy Benetton Treviso 2 0 0 2 19 42 −23 2 6 0 0 0
11 Wales Scarlets 2 0 0 2 22 43 −21 1 4 0 0 0
12 Ireland Connacht 2 0 0 2 16 73 −57 2 10 0 0 0
If teams are level at any stage, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:[15]
  1. number of matches won;
  2. the difference between points for and points against;
  3. the number of tries scored;
  4. the most points scored;
  5. the difference between tries for and tries against;
  6. the fewest number of red cards received;
  7. the fewest number of yellow cards received.

Green background (rows 1 to 4) are play-off places, and earn a place in the 2017–18 European Rugby Champions Cup.
Blue background indicates teams outside the play-off places, that earn a place in the European Rugby Champions Cup.

European Champions Cup[edit]

Team
P W D L PF PA Diff TF TA TB LB Pts
France Racing 92 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland Glasgow Warriors 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
England Leicester Tigers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ireland Munster 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Coaches & Management[edit]

Coaches[edit]

Position Name Nationality
Head Coach Gregor Townsend  Scotland
Assistant Coach Matt Taylor  Australia
Assistant Coach Kenny Murray  Scotland
Assistant Coach Dan McFarland  England
Assistant Coach Mike Blair  Scotland
Elite Development Coach Iain Monaghan  Scotland
Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Stuart Yule  Scotland
Strength and Conditioning Coach Thibault Giroud  France

Management[edit]

Position Name Nationality
Chairman Charles Shaw  Scotland
Managing Director Nathan Bombrys  USA
Advisory Board Member Walter Malcolm  Scotland
Advisory Board Member Paul Taylor  Scotland
Advisory Board Member Jim Preston  Scotland
Advisory Board Member Douglas McCrea  Scotland
Advisory Board Member Alan Lees  Scotland
Scottish Rugby:
Director of Commercial Operations,
Communications and Public Affairs
Dominic McKay  Scotland

Current squad[edit]

  • Internationally capped players in bold.
  • Players qualified to play for Scotland on residency or dual nationality. *

Senior squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.

Player Position Union
Fraser Brown Hooker Scotland Scotland
Corey Flynn Hooker New Zealand New Zealand
Pat MacArthur Hooker Scotland Scotland
James Malcolm Hooker Scotland Scotland
Alex Allan Prop Scotland Scotland
Zander Fagerson Prop Scotland Scotland
Jarrod Firth Prop New Zealand New Zealand
Ryan Grant Prop Scotland Scotland
Sila Puafisi Prop Tonga Tonga
D'Arcy Rae Prop Scotland Scotland
Gordon Reid Prop Scotland Scotland
Djustice Sears-Duru Prop Canada Canada
Scott Cummings Lock Scotland Scotland
Jonny Gray Lock Scotland Scotland
Greg Peterson Lock United States United States
Tim Swinson Lock Scotland Scotland
Tjiuee Uanivi Lock Namibia Namibia
Hugh Blake Flanker Scotland Scotland
Simone Favaro Flanker Italy Italy
Chris Fusaro Flanker Scotland Scotland
Rob Harley Flanker Scotland Scotland
Adam Ashe Number 8 Scotland Scotland
Josh Strauss Number 8 Scotland Scotland
Ryan Wilson Number 8 Scotland Scotland
Player Position Union
Grayson Hart Scrum-half Scotland Scotland
Nemia Kenatale Scrum-half Fiji Fiji
Ali Price Scrum-half Scotland Scotland
Henry Pyrgos Scrum-half Scotland Scotland
Rory Clegg Fly-half England England
Finn Russell Fly-half Scotland Scotland
Hagen Schulte* Fly-half New Zealand New Zealand
Mark Bennett Centre Scotland Scotland
Alex Dunbar Centre Scotland Scotland
Nick Grigg Centre Scotland Scotland
Peter Horne Centre Scotland Scotland
Sam Johnson Centre Australia Australia
Fraser Lyle Centre Scotland Scotland
Richie Vernon Centre Scotland Scotland
Junior Bulumakau Wing Scotland Scotland
Rory Hughes Wing Scotland Scotland
Lee Jones Wing Scotland Scotland
Sean Lamont Wing Scotland Scotland
Leonardo Sarto Wing Italy Italy
Tommy Seymour Wing Scotland Scotland
Stuart Hogg Fullback Scotland Scotland
Peter Murchie Fullback Scotland Scotland

Academy players[edit]

Scottish Rugby Academy players who have been assigned to a professional club are Stage 3 players.[16] The Stage 3 players assigned to Glasgow Warriors for the season 2016-17 are below.

Academy players promoted in the course of the season are listed with the main squad.

Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.

Player Position Union
Cameron Fenton (loan out) Hooker Scotland Scotland
Jamie Bhatti Prop Scotland Scotland
Callum Hunter-Hill Lock Scotland Scotland
Sam Thomson Lock Scotland Scotland
Bruce Flockhart Flanker Scotland Scotland
Matt Smith Flanker Scotland Scotland
Lewis Wynne Flanker Scotland Scotland
Matt Fagerson Number 8 Scotland Scotland
Player Position Union
George Horne Scrum-half Scotland Scotland
Patrick Kelly (loan out) Centre Scotland Scotland
Robert Beattie Wing Scotland Scotland

Notable former coaches & management[edit]

Former Head coaches[edit]

Coach Period(s)
Scotland Lineen, SeanSean Lineen 03/2006 – 06/2012
Scotland Campbell, HughHugh Campbell 04/2003 – 03/2006
New Zealand Searancke, KiwiKiwi Searancke 06/2002 – 04/2003
Scotland Dixon, RichieRichie Dixon 01/1999 – 06/2002
New Zealand Robertson, KeithKeith Robertson 11/1997 – 01/1999
New Zealand Greene, KevinKevin Greene 1996 – 11/1997

Former Assistant Coaches[edit]

Assistant Coach Period(s)
Scotland Munro, ShadeShade Munro 04/2003 – 06/2015
New Zealand Mercer, GaryGary Mercer 06/2005 – 06/2012
Scotland Lineen, SeanSean Lineen 04/2003 – 03/2006
Australia Anderson, SteveSteve Anderson 06/2002 – 04/2003
Scotland Moffat, RobRob Moffat 01/1999 – 06/2002
New Zealand Macpherson, GordonGordon Macpherson 1996 – 04/2003

Former Managing Director / Chief Executive Officers[edit]

Managing Director / CEO Period(s)
Scotland Baillie, KennyKenny Baillie 10/2009 – 09/2011
Scotland Riddoch, IanIan Riddoch 07/2007 – 07/2009
Scotland Jordan, DavidDavid Jordan 07/1997 – 01/2005

Notable former players[edit]

Former Club Captains[edit]

Club Captain Period(s)
Scotland Kellock, AlAl Kellock 2006 – 2015
Scotland Petrie, JonJon Petrie 2004 – 2006
Scotland Mather, CameronCameron Mather 2003 – 2004
Scotland Nicol, AndyAndy Nicol 1999 – 2003
Scotland Bulloch, GordonGordon Bulloch 1996 – 1999

The Centurions[edit]

Former players who have reached the 100 caps mark for Glasgow Warriors [17]

  • Players not given a full senior international rugby union cap by their country under World Rugby rules. *

British and Irish Lions from Glasgow Warriors[edit]

The following former Glasgow players, in addition to representing Scotland, have also represented the British and Irish Lions.

Scotland[edit]

The following (not previously listed above) former Glasgow players have represented Scotland at full international level.

Notable non-Scottish players[edit]

The following is a list of notable non-Scottish (not previously listed above) international representative former Glasgow players:

Argentina

Australia

Bahamas

Canada

Cook Islands

Fiji

Georgia

Ireland

New Zealand

Samoa

Tonga

USA

Zimbabwe

Notable also outside of rugby[edit]

The following is a list of notable (not previously listed above) former Glasgow players who have achieved notability in fields outwith rugby:

Personnel honours and records[edit]

Celtic League Team of the Year[edit]

Pro12 Team of the Year[edit]

References[edit]

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  14. ^ "Halifax rugby turf deemed unsafe, international game forced to move". cbc.ca. 27 August 2015. 
  15. ^ Competition Rule 3.5 "Summary of Key Rules". Pro12. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  16. ^ "BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academies". 
  17. ^ http://www.glasgowwarriors.org/sites/default/files/editor/docs/gwst-1415_v2_lores.pdf
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  19. ^ a b "RaboDirect Pro12 Dream Team 2011/2012". therugbyblog.com. 
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