Rory Kerr'S Life In The Professional Ranks

Hi there, and welcome to the first of my regular columns on all things Glasgow Rugby. Over the next wee while, I"ll be writing about my experiences as a Glasgow Rugby player and hopefully giving you an insight into what it's like to play professional rugby. As this will be regular column, if there's anything you want to ask me or want me to cover, drop me a line at glasgowrugby@sru.org.uk.March was a hard month for Glasgow. We struggled to get any kind of consistency, both in our playing standard and, more importantly, on our results. For those of us who have been away on International duties in between, it's not been much better. The chop and change makes it difficult, but the fact that we are professionals must not be forgotten. So we take all that comes at us.I'd like to say to the Glasgow supporters out there I can completely understand the frustration that you feel on a Friday night. No one feels it more so than us. The season is not over, and we must improve our form.We the players and you the fans have worked hard to make Hughenden one of the most daunting places in the league for teams to visit. You supporters should be proud of yourselves, and we thank you. I promise we"ll do our best to give you something to shout about!Remember we"ll be at home for our last three league matches of the season. The postponed game against Cardiff has been slotted in for Tuesday 30 April, and that's followed by matches against Newport and Swansea on the next two Friday nights.March was dominated by the international side of professionalism, and if it's not going well it can overshadow your whole week. You can imagine the mood on a Monday morning after getting a hefty beating in Belfast from the Ireland A team and the senior team losing in Dublin. Although, as it happens, it can be quite refreshing - being away from the core group, you miss the day-to-day chit-chat that surrounds the Glasgow team._It's always good to come back to our training ground at Dalziel and get caught up! My personal highlight of the month was our new international, Andrew "Muffles" Henderson, treating us with a rare number of words at the Thistle Hotel for the Glasgow Thistles" annual fund-raiser. "Muffs" is a close friend and isn't well known for his noisy vocals in the player group. So to get up and speak in front of 600 people was an amazing feat for him. To be fair to him though, he came through with flying colours.For all those who were there, I hope you enjoyed the night. I'd just like to say to all the young Thistles: Enjoy yourselves. I toured there as a Thistle in 1998, and I haven't been on a better trip since.One final note after our recent student ticket giveaways at Glasgow University, my old stomping ground. GURFC, I know where you live"".. Expect a visit from the boys""!Rory KerrHi there, and welcome to the first of my regular columns on all things Glasgow Rugby. Over the next wee while, I"ll be writing about my experiences as a Glasgow Rugby player and hopefully giving you an insight into what it's like to play professional rugby. As this will be regular column, if there's anything you want to ask me or want me to cover, drop me a line at glasgowrugby@sru.org.uk.March was a hard month for Glasgow. We struggled to get any kind of consistency, both in our playing standard and, more importantly, on our results. For those of us who have been away on International duties in between, it's not been much better. The chop and change makes it difficult, but the fact that we are professionals must not be forgotten. So we take all that comes at us.I'd like to say to the Glasgow supporters out there I can completely understand the frustration that you feel on a Friday night. No one feels it more so than us. The season is not over, and we must improve our form.We the players and you the fans have worked hard to make Hughenden one of the most daunting places in the league for teams to visit. You supporters should be proud of yourselves, and we thank you. I promise we"ll do our best to give you something to shout about!Remember we"ll be at home for our last three league matches of the season. The postponed game against Cardiff has been slotted in for Tuesday 30 April, and that's followed by matches against Newport and Swansea on the next two Friday nights.March was dominated by the international side of professionalism, and if it's not going well it can overshadow your whole week. You can imagine the mood on a Monday morning after getting a hefty beating in Belfast from the Ireland A team and the senior team losing in Dublin. Although, as it happens, it can be quite refreshing - being away from the core group, you miss the day-to-day chit-chat that surrounds the Glasgow team._It's always good to come back to our training ground at Dalziel and get caught up! My personal highlight of the month was our new international, Andrew "Muffles" Henderson, treating us with a rare number of words at the Thistle Hotel for the Glasgow Thistles" annual fund-raiser. "Muffs" is a close friend and isn't well known for his noisy vocals in the player group. So to get up and speak in front of 600 people was an amazing feat for him. To be fair to him though, he came through with flying colours.For all those who were there, I hope you enjoyed the night. I'd just like to say to all the young Thistles: Enjoy yourselves. I toured there as a Thistle in 1998, and I haven't been on a better trip since.One final note after our recent student ticket giveaways at Glasgow University, my old stomping ground. GURFC, I know where you live"".. Expect a visit from the boys""!Rory Kerr