Three to watch: Glasgow Warriors

Charlie Bennett
10 July 2018

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Glasgow Warriors bossed the Guinness PRO14 last season but when it came to the play-off series they fell just short – making them doubly determined to go all the way this year.

A semi-final defeat to Scarlets was a bitter pill to swallow for Dave Rennie’s men but they arrive this season as one of the favourites to lift the trophy in their home city at Celtic Park.

Rennie has been busy across the summer, signing five new players and losing eight and he has a squad that will be the envy of many when the season starts again.

Adam Hastings

The departure of Scotland international Finn Russell to Racing 92 has left an undeniable void in the Warriors side, and it is believed Adam Hastings could be the fly-half’s successor in the side.

Hastings signed from Bath Rugby in 2017, but he played second fiddle to Russell for much of the season – making just nine appearances throughout the campaign.

However, it’s undisputed that the fly-half has talent, especially from the tee, scoring 21 conversions and four penalties in the handful of appearances he made last season.

Russell’s exit could be just the catalyst Hastings needs to launch his career at Glasgow and properly establish himself in the starting XV.

DTH van der Merwe

After a three-year spell away from Glasgow, Canada international DTH van der Merwe has returned to the Warriors side and will be expected to hit the ground running.

Since 2015, the 32-year-old has spent two years at Scarlets and seven months with the Newcastle Falcons, before moving back to Glasgow in March this year on a loan deal that has since been made permanent.

And the winger picked up right where he left off, scoring 25 points in five appearances for the Warriors – closing out his 2017/18 season in style.

At 32, Van der Merwe possesses plenty of experience and that will surely make him a valuable addition to the team, and the Warriors faithful will hope that the Canadian will be able to carry his late 2017/18 form into next season with Glasgow.

George Turner

After signing for Glasgow on a season-long loan ahead of last season, George Turner has made the switch to the Warriors on a permanent basis from arch rivals Edinburgh.

That came off the back of an impressive season for Glasgow, where the hooker made 19 appearances, scoring four tries.

A series of solid performances even earned him an international call up in June 2018 for Scotland’s tour to USA and Argentina – where he showed off his threat with ball-in-hand by scoring a hat-trick against Canada.

After arguably his most successful season of his career so far, many will be eager to see if Turner can replicate or possibly better his performances next season.

If he does, he will be hard to stop.

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