Glasgow Debut For Tom Mclaren

Tom McLaren will make his Glasgow debut by joining his elder brother, James, the Scotland centre, in the team for the Welsh/Scottish League match against Cardiff at The Arms Park on Saturday. The younger McLaren, who is on trial with Glasgow, will be at open-side wing forward.'tom has been working hard in training. He now has his chance on the field," Richie Dixon, Glasgow's head coach, said today about the introduction of the 22-year-old back-row forward, who is 6ft 3in and weighs 16st.Like James, Tom was born in Stirling before the family migrated to Australia, where he captained St Stanislaus" College to Sydney's Western Associated Schools Championship. He went on to senior rugby with the Bathurst club and earned representative honours with the New South Wales under-21 and the NSW Country XVs as well as the Australian Barbarians in the Papua New Guinea sevens. He has also been in the Australian sevens squad, and he has been with the Australian Rugby Legends in the Hong Kong tens. However, none of those Australian honours denied him his Scottish qualification.Tom has also appeared in Scottish club rugby. During one of his visits to Scotland, three years ago, he played for Stirling County in a Scottish Cup tie.Glasgow have made four changes from the team who took the field in the Heineken Cup defeat by Montferrand on Sunday. Jon Steel, Barry Irving, and Graeme Beveridge return in the back division in addition to Tom McLaren's introduction as the only change in the pack.However, Irving and Beveridge played as replacements in the Montferrand match. They now start as half-back partners as Tommy Hayes has a calf strain and Andy Nicol has had an elbow infection. Steel resumes on the right wing after a shoulder injury, replacing Michael Bartlett, whereas Tom McLaren takes over from Gareth Flockhart. Gordon Bulloch will lead the team in Nicol's absence.Saturday's match will kick off at 5.30pm. Glasgow's team:15 Glenn Metcalfe; 14 Jon Steel, 13 James McLaren, 12 Andy Henderson, 11 Rory Kerr; 10 Barry Irving, 9 Graeme Beveridge; 1 David Hilton, 2 Gordon Bulloch (captain), 3 Gordon McIlwham, 4 Steve Griffiths, 5 Jason White, 6 Roland Reid, 7 Tom McLaren, 8 Jon Petrie. Replacements - from Gavin Scott, Lee Harrison, Nathan Ross, Andrew Hall, Gareth Flockhart, A N Other, Jon Stuart, Alan Bulloch, Ian McInroy.Tom McLaren will make his Glasgow debut by joining his elder brother, James, the Scotland centre, in the team for the Welsh/Scottish League match against Cardiff at The Arms Park on Saturday. The younger McLaren, who is on trial with Glasgow, will be at open-side wing forward.'tom has been working hard in training. He now has his chance on the field," Richie Dixon, Glasgow's head coach, said today about the introduction of the 22-year-old back-row forward, who is 6ft 3in and weighs 16st.Like James, Tom was born in Stirling before the family migrated to Australia, where he captained St Stanislaus" College to Sydney's Western Associated Schools Championship. He went on to senior rugby with the Bathurst club and earned representative honours with the New South Wales under-21 and the NSW Country XVs as well as the Australian Barbarians in the Papua New Guinea sevens. He has also been in the Australian sevens squad, and he has been with the Australian Rugby Legends in the Hong Kong tens. However, none of those Australian honours denied him his Scottish qualification.Tom has also appeared in Scottish club rugby. During one of his visits to Scotland, three years ago, he played for Stirling County in a Scottish Cup tie.Glasgow have made four changes from the team who took the field in the Heineken Cup defeat by Montferrand on Sunday. Jon Steel, Barry Irving, and Graeme Beveridge return in the back division in addition to Tom McLaren's introduction as the only change in the pack.However, Irving and Beveridge played as replacements in the Montferrand match. They now start as half-back partners as Tommy Hayes has a calf strain and Andy Nicol has had an elbow infection. Steel resumes on the right wing after a shoulder injury, replacing Michael Bartlett, whereas Tom McLaren takes over from Gareth Flockhart. Gordon Bulloch will lead the team in Nicol's absence.Saturday's match will kick off at 5.30pm. Glasgow's team:15 Glenn Metcalfe; 14 Jon Steel, 13 James McLaren, 12 Andy Henderson, 11 Rory Kerr; 10 Barry Irving, 9 Graeme Beveridge; 1 David Hilton, 2 Gordon Bulloch (captain), 3 Gordon McIlwham, 4 Steve Griffiths, 5 Jason White, 6 Roland Reid, 7 Tom McLaren, 8 Jon Petrie. Replacements - from Gavin Scott, Lee Harrison, Nathan Ross, Andrew Hall, Gareth Flockhart, A N Other, Jon Stuart, Alan Bulloch, Ian McInroy.