Roland Reid Confirmed As A Wing

Roland Reid's future as a wing threequarter was confirmed today by Glasgow Rugby's new coach, Kiwi Searancke.However, the coach, meeting the Scottish media for the first time, did not totally rule out a return to the back row for Reid in emergency. "If we get to the situation where we"re going to win the European Cup, all rules are broken - it's self-preservation," Searancke pointed outIt has been intended last season that Reid would permanently switch from the back row to wing. In fact, he was twice capped by Scotland in that role in November, first as a replacement against Tonga before being chosen for the international against Argentina. However, because of back-row injuries, he played for Glasgow last season as a flanker and No.8 as well as a wing.Reid's start to this season will be slightly delayed because of a groin operation.Searancke, the former Waikato coach, commenting on his new role, said that he had joined Glasgow with no fixed notion on what to expect. "I"m coming in with a clean sheet. I see that as an exciting challenge," he said at a press conference at Dalziel.Glasgow's first match under the new coach's direction will be a friendly against NEC Harlequins at Hughenden on Friday 9 August. Further warm-up matches follow on successive Fridays against Exeter Chiefs (also at Hughenden) and Ulster (at Ravenhill) before Glasgow's Celtic League campaign starts with a visit to Cardiff on Saturday 31 August.Roland Reid's future as a wing threequarter was confirmed today by Glasgow Rugby's new coach, Kiwi Searancke.However, the coach, meeting the Scottish media for the first time, did not totally rule out a return to the back row for Reid in emergency. "If we get to the situation where we"re going to win the European Cup, all rules are broken - it's self-preservation," Searancke pointed outIt has been intended last season that Reid would permanently switch from the back row to wing. In fact, he was twice capped by Scotland in that role in November, first as a replacement against Tonga before being chosen for the international against Argentina. However, because of back-row injuries, he played for Glasgow last season as a flanker and No.8 as well as a wing.Reid's start to this season will be slightly delayed because of a groin operation.Searancke, the former Waikato coach, commenting on his new role, said that he had joined Glasgow with no fixed notion on what to expect. "I"m coming in with a clean sheet. I see that as an exciting challenge," he said at a press conference at Dalziel.Glasgow's first match under the new coach's direction will be a friendly against NEC Harlequins at Hughenden on Friday 9 August. Further warm-up matches follow on successive Fridays against Exeter Chiefs (also at Hughenden) and Ulster (at Ravenhill) before Glasgow's Celtic League campaign starts with a visit to Cardiff on Saturday 31 August.