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Glasgow Warriors
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Full name Glasgow Warriors
Founded amateur 1872; 143 years ago (1872)
professional 1996; 19 years ago (1996)[1]
Location Glasgow, Scotland
Ground(s) Scotstoun Stadium (Capacity: 9,708)
Chairman Charles Shaw
Coach(es) Gregor Townsend
Captain(s) Alastair Kellock
Most caps Graeme Morrison (176)
Top scorer Dan Parks (1105)
Most tries DTH van der Merwe (31)
League(s) Pro12
2014–15 1st (Champions)
Team kit
2nd kit
Official website
www.glasgowwarriors.org
Rugby 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.[2][3] 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.[4]

History[edit]

Glasgow Warriors are a continuation of the amateur district Glasgow 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 2002 again and finally rebranded as the Glasgow Warriors in 2005.

Originally based at Hughenden till 2007, the Warriors moved to Firhill in 2007-2008 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.[5]

District Sides[edit]

Scotland had 4 District Sides:- North and Midlands; South; Glasgow and Edinburgh. Glasgow and Edinburgh were formed in 1872 and played the world's first ever inter-district match in that year. 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. 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 it's member clubs to debate the matter and try and settle the issue on the 8th 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.

The 4 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.[6] Glasgow, however, did not compete in the Heineken Cup until the 1997–98 season.

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.[7]

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.[8] 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 First Division augmented by the two Scottish sides.[9]

The Celtic League began in the autumn of 2001; Glasgow reached the semi-finals of the inaugural competition, but struggled thereafter. The 'Caledonian' label was dropped at the start of the 2002–03 season, with the team name becoming once again Glasgow Rugby.[10]

In 2004–5 Glasgow had been fifth, the best placing of the three Scottish teams that existed at that time.[11]

Starting with the 2005–06 season, the team was again rebranded, this time as the Glasgow Warriors.[6]

Records and Achievements[edit]

For Amateur era see:

Honours[edit]

  • 1872 Cup (founded 2007-08)
    • Winners: 6 (2007-8, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14)

Season standings[edit]

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

Scottish Inter-District Championship Welsh-Scottish League Celtic League Pro 12
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)
1999-2000 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 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 22 18 0 4 484 309 +175 7 79 (lost final to Leinster)
2014-15 1st 22 16 1 5 540 360 +180 9 75 (defeated Munster in final)
2015-16 5th 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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]

Competing as Glasgow Warriors unless stated. For international games in amateur era see: Glasgow District (rugby union)
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

Current standings[edit]

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Team Played Won Drawn Lost Points For Points Against Points Difference Tries For Tries Against Try Bonus Losing Bonus Points
1 Scotland Glasgow Warriors (CH) 22 16 1 5 540 360 +180 63 33 9 0 75
2 Ireland Munster (RU) 22 15 2 5 581 367 +214 68 31 8 3 75
3 Wales Ospreys (SF) 22 16 1 5 546 358 +188 53 30 6 2 74
4 Ireland Ulster (SF) 22 14 2 6 524 372 +152 59 34 6 3 69
5 Ireland Leinster 22 11 3 8 483 375 +108 54 39 8 4 62
6 Wales Scarlets 22 11 3 8 452 388 +64 43 39 4 3 57
7 Ireland Connacht 22 10 1 11 447 419 +28 49 48 3 5 50
8 Scotland Edinburgh 22 10 1 11 399 419 −20 41 48 3 3 48
9 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons 22 8 0 14 393 484 −91 38 55 4 6 42
10 Wales Cardiff Blues 22 7 1 14 430 545 −115 46 57 3 2 35
11 Italy Benetton Treviso 22 3 1 18 306 641 −335 34 81 2 3 19
12 Italy Zebre 22 3 0 19 266 639 −373 27 80 0 3 15

If teams are level at any stage, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:[12]

  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 2015–16 European Rugby Champions Cup.
Blue background indicates teams outside the play-off places, that earn a place in the European Rugby Champions Cup. The top team from each country will qualify.
Yellow background indicates the team that advances to a play-off semi-final against Aviva Premiership side Gloucester, who qualified for the play-off as the 2014–15 European Rugby Challenge Cup winners.[13]
Plain background indicates teams that earn a place in the 2015–16 European Rugby Challenge Cup.

Coaches & Management[edit]

Coaches[edit]

Position Name Nationality
Head Coach Gregor Townsend  Scotland
Assistant Coach Matt Taylor  Scotland
Assistant Coach Kenny Murray  Scotland
Assistant Coach Dan McFarland  England
Elite Development Coach Iain Monaghan  Scotland

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]

For player movements leading up to the 2015–16 season, see List of 2015–16 Pro12 transfers#Glasgow Warriors.
  • Internationally capped players in bold.
  • Players qualified to play for Scotland on residency or dual nationality. *

2015-16 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
Kevin Bryce Hooker Scotland Scotland
Pat MacArthur Hooker Scotland Scotland
Fergus Scott Hooker Scotland Scotland
Alex Allan Prop Scotland Scotland
Michael Cusack* Prop England England
Zander Fagerson Prop Scotland Scotland
Steven Findlay Prop Scotland Scotland
Ryan Grant Prop Scotland Scotland
George Hunter Prop Scotland Scotland
D'Arcy Rae Prop Scotland Scotland
Gordon Reid Prop Scotland Scotland
Javan Sebastian* Prop Wales Wales
Gary Strain Prop Scotland Scotland
Jerry Yanuyanutawa Prop Fiji Fiji
Jonny Gray Lock Scotland Scotland
Kieran Low Lock Scotland Scotland
Leone Nakarawa Lock Fiji Fiji
Greg Peterson Lock United States United States
Tim Swinson Lock Scotland Scotland
Will Bordill Flanker Scotland Scotland
James Eddie Flanker Scotland Scotland
Simone Favaro Flanker Italy Italy
Chris Fusaro Flanker Scotland Scotland
Rob Harley Flanker Scotland Scotland
Jason Hill Flanker Scotland Scotland
Tyrone Holmes Flanker Scotland Scotland
Adam Ashe Number 8 Scotland Scotland
Josh Strauss Number 8 South Africa South Africa
Ryan Wilson Number 8 Scotland Scotland
Player Position Union
Mike Blair Scrum-half Scotland Scotland
Grayson Hart Scrum-half Scotland Scotland
Ali Price Scrum-half Scotland Scotland
Henry Pyrgos Scrum-half Scotland Scotland
Gregor Hunter Fly-half Scotland Scotland
Finn Russell Fly-half Scotland Scotland
Duncan Weir Fly-half Scotland Scotland
Rory Clegg Fly-half England England
Mark Bennett Centre Scotland Scotland
Alex Dunbar Centre Scotland Scotland
Peter Horne Centre Scotland Scotland
Fraser Lyle Centre Scotland Scotland
Sam Johnson Centre Australia Australia
Richie Vernon Centre Scotland Scotland
Rory Hughes Wing Scotland Scotland
Lee Jones Wing Scotland Scotland
Sean Lamont Wing Scotland Scotland
Taqele Naiyaravoro Wing Fiji Fiji
Tommy Seymour Wing Scotland Scotland
Glenn Bryce Fullback Scotland Scotland
Stuart Hogg Fullback Scotland Scotland
Peter Murchie Fullback Scotland Scotland

Glasgow will have access to the stage 3 Scottish Rugby Academy players. The players for 2015/16 season have yet to be assigned.

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

Notable Former Assistant Coaches[edit]

Assistant Coach Period(s)
Scotland Munro, ShadeShade Munro 04/2003 – 06/2015

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 [14]

  • 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:

Personnel honours and records[edit]

PRO12 Team of the Year[edit]

References[edit]

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  13. ^ "Future of European Rugby resolved" (Press release). RFU. 10 April 2014. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
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