An Open Letter To Glasgow Fans

Warriors centre and senior player Rob Dewey has written an open leter to fans about the beginning of the new season and the goals that the lads at Scotstoun have set themselves…

I’ll let the man do the talking himself:

“So here we are, the beginning of the new season and a brand new competition, the RaboDirect Pro 12.

“As our first round match against Ulster at Ravenhill approaches I can turn my back on the pre season fitness with its highs and those painful lows of DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness).  Looking back on the fitness sessions there were even some I enjoyed. This is definitely not usual for me – must be something the fitness staff were putting in all those protein shakes!

“Although fitness training brings its drain on the body as pre season wares on and the games get nearer, it is obvious that we are the fittest we have ever been as a team. 

“Now we can look forward to the new season and the excitement it brings as we really get into the part of the job we love – playing competitive rugby at the highest level. 

“We have had two pre season games that were both challenging in their own way.  First up was Newcastle; this let us know where we were as a team and that extra fitness showed as we finished the game the stronger side to seal the victory. This also gave us a good look at the new signings with Tommy Seymour putting up an early hand for selection with a man of the match performance.  From a personal point of view it was great to get on the pitch after 9 months away with injuries.  I had forgotten how sore the body feels the next day though – I think I would have come off better after a round with Mike Tyson! 

“Two weeks of preparation led us to Manchester and the Sale Sharks, new home of ex Glasgow Warrior Richie Vernon.  This was a whole new ball game from Newcastle (pardon the pun) and Sale proved a strong outfit and duly put us to the sword.  A tough lesson learnt, but one which can only make us stronger going into the first game.

“Our first game of the season is against Ulster. My old club.  I can’t wait to get back over there and hopefully get the win which, after all the work we have put in, we deserve.  It will really let us know the position we are in and our prospects of being in that top 4 at the end of the season. We are setting our sights high.”

The new season starts on Friday and Glasgow Warriors are hoping to bounce back from last season’s disappointments to mount an early challenge in this new competiton. Follow their progress here or through Twitter.

Here’s the Glasgow Warriors Team to play Ulster  (KICK-OFF 7.05PM, LIVE ON BBC ALBA):

15 Stuart Hogg

14 Tommy Seymour
13 Rob Dewey
12 Troy Nathan
11 Colin Shaw

10 Duncan Weir
9 Colin Gregor

1 Jon Welsh
2 Pat MacArthur
3 Mike Cusack
4 Tom Ryder
5 Rob Harley (CAPTAIN)
6 James Eddie
7 Chris Fusaro
8 Ryan Wilson

SUBSTITUTES

16 Finlay Gillies
17 Ryan Grant
18 Ed Kalman
19 Nick Campbell
20 Rory Pitman
21 Henry Pyrgos
22 Peter Horne
23 Federico Aramburu

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Dundonian Alan has played rugby all over the world for various teams including Dundee High School, Heriot's and the Scottish Club International. Now writing from London he covers all issues international and unreported.