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Action Jackson’s Back, Son II: Electric Boogaloo

Ruaridh Jackson - pic © Al Ross
Ruaridh Jackson - pic © Al Ross

Ruaridh Jackson will return to Scotstoun on a one year deal.

Much like Brandon Thomson, another former Warrior who has returned for another spell, he will provide fly-half and fullback cover for the Warriors with Stuart Hogg currently recovering from surgery and Finn Russell likely to be in demand when the international periods roll around.

Since leaving Glasgow in the 2013/14 season on 113 appearances, 29-year-old Jackson has had spells at Wasps and Harlequins and struggled for game time with both behind players like Jimmy Gopperth and Nick Evans.

With a few years left in his career, Jackson should find games a little easier to come by in two of Scotland’s generally thinner positions and make a welcome to return to the warm embrace of the Warrior nation.

That’s the second time I’ve used that headline, apparently. Sorry.

6 Responses

  1. shouldnt he go to edinburgh ? i thought thats where the bad glasgow players are to go and the good ones to glasgow.

  2. Jackson has had pretty unlucky couple of moves through injury ( at Wasps, when he was establishing himself ) and Quins where he had others get in front in the pecking order – which tbf he didn’t overcome.
    Still think there’s an international player in there. Could be a smart move, particularly if Russell succumbs to the French money next season.

  3. Given the fact that Russell is brilliant, can earn MUCH more £ in England/France & will become a better player (hopefully) it is inevitable ,& probably for the best, that he leaves, Jackson probably gives Hastings/Thompson some breathing space with regard an experienced alternative.

    1. Jackson is not a good enough FH to lead Glasgow to the latter stages of European competition and is probably just a cheap stop gap at FH. It will be a disaster for Scottish rugby when Russell inevitably leaves for France unless we can get a big transfer fee and replace him with a heavyweight replacement which costs £££. Unfortunately a fee would depend on releasing him early – prob before Xmas. Rennie and Dodson have a big task on their hands to persuade Russell to stay and come up with a big enough offer to make it worth his while. He is probably Scotland’s most valuable asset – even more so than Hogg given the importance of FH to any team’s success – and the SRU should move mountains to keep him. If Hastings comes good all the better, but he’ll be a few years off even f he does realise his potential.

  4. If someone said that Glasgow would be re-signing a previous Warrior, then I don’t think Jacko would have been top of many peoples lists, but once you realise that Naks and DTH ain’t coming back, the signing of Jackson makes a lot of sense. It provides us with a better balance of experience, and on his day, he can be a very decent player……just got to hope that day is a Friday.

    Like many, I don’t think I’d like to see him in any of the big games as he’s far too flakey for my liking with a boot like a fifty pence, but by all accounts he’s a thoroughly decent chap who’ll take no time settling back in to Glasgow life, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him go the way of Mike Blair in the future, moving from a playing to more of a coaching role.

    Really needs to get rid of the beard though….looks like he’s trying to swallow a rabid squirrel.

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