Celtic League Debuts For Sinclair And Proudfoot

Kenny Sinclair and Matt Proudfoot will make their Celtic League debuts for Glasgow in the match against Ulster at Ravenhill, Belfast, on Friday evening.Sinclair will be starting for Glasgow for the first time since May 2002, when he scored a try in the 37-20 win in the Welsh/Scottish League match against Swansea at Hughenden. The scrum half was still in the club ranks then, the professional team having borrowed him from Glasgow Hawks for the last four matches of that season.He signed as a professional that summer, but his only appearance last season was when Glasgow fielded three scrum halves - Andy Nicol and Graeme Beveridge as well as Sinclair - in the August warm-up game against Exeter. This will be Sinclair's seventh game for Glasgow over four seasons, though only his second as a professional.Naturally, Sinclair was pleased to be selected. "It's been a long wait - 16 months," he remarked.Proudfoot, the Scotland prop who joined Glasgow this summer, will make his Celtic League debut a week later than originally planned. The prop was belatedly called on for Scotland duty last weekend instead of playing for Glasgow in the 23-13 win against Cardiff at Hughenden on Friday.Proudfoot played for Scotland as a second-half replacement against Ireland last Saturday. It was his fourth cap - more than five years after his previous three on Scotland's 1998 tour to Fiji and Australia. At that time he was with Edinburgh, and in the interim he has been playing Super 12 and Currie Cup rugby in his native South Africa.Two of Glasgow's try-scorers against Cardiff last week, Gareth Maclure and Sam Pinder, have been ruled out because of injuries. Maclure had a face knock in the Cardiff game, and Pinder is to have an operation to repair damaged hand tendons.In all, Glasgow have made four changes in personnel from last week's starting XV. Stuart Moffat and Roland Reid also have been recalled. Moffat, who missed the Cardiff match because of a back strain, will be in his accustomed role at full back, with Rory Kerr switching to left wing in place of Maclure. Sinclair takes over at scrum half from Pinder, Proudfoot replaces Lee Harrison at tight head, and Reid remains at No.8, having replaced Paul Dearlove there in the second half on Friday.Glasgow include one of their five World Cup players, Graeme Beveridge, among the seven nominated replacements. The scrum half, like Proudfoot, was on international duty against Ireland last weekend, though he was not called on from the bench."It's great to have Bevvy back - however short the time," Hugh Campbell, Glasgow's coach, remarked. Scotland's World Cup campaign in Australia will be begin in little more than a month's time.Ulster reached the Celtic League semi-finals last season before losing to Munster in Limerick, but they opened the current programme with an away defeat last Friday, losing to Neath/Swansea Ospreys by 30-41. But Hugh Campbell has not been deceived by that result. 'the feedback is that they were unlucky not to get a win," he commented.Campbell pointed out that Ulster have not lost too many players to Ireland's World Cup squad - just five, the same as Glasgow have in the Scotland group. 'they"ll be a settled unit," the coach suggested. 'they"ll have consistency from last year."Friday's match will kick off at 7.35pm. Glasgow team:15 Stuart Moffat14 Jon Steel13 Graeme Morrison12 Joe Naufahu11 Rory Kerr10 Calvin Howarth9 Kenny Sinclair1 Euan Murray2 Simon Gunn3 Matthew Proudfoot4 Andy Hall5 Nathan Ross6 Cameron Mather (captain)7 Donnie Macfadyen8 Roland ReidSubstitutes:16 Scott Lawson17 Lee Harrison18 Rory McKay19 Paul Dearlove20 Graeme Beveridge21 Alan Bulloch22 Sean LamontKenny Sinclair and Matt Proudfoot will make their Celtic League debuts for Glasgow in the match against Ulster at Ravenhill, Belfast, on Friday evening.Sinclair will be starting for Glasgow for the first time since May 2002, when he scored a try in the 37-20 win in the Welsh/Scottish League match against Swansea at Hughenden. The scrum half was still in the club ranks then, the professional team having borrowed him from Glasgow Hawks for the last four matches of that season.He signed as a professional that summer, but his only appearance last season was when Glasgow fielded three scrum halves - Andy Nicol and Graeme Beveridge as well as Sinclair - in the August warm-up game against Exeter. This will be Sinclair's seventh game for Glasgow over four seasons, though only his second as a professional.Naturally, Sinclair was pleased to be selected. "It's been a long wait - 16 months," he remarked.Proudfoot, the Scotland prop who joined Glasgow this summer, will make his Celtic League debut a week later than originally planned. The prop was belatedly called on for Scotland duty last weekend instead of playing for Glasgow in the 23-13 win against Cardiff at Hughenden on Friday.Proudfoot played for Scotland as a second-half replacement against Ireland last Saturday. It was his fourth cap - more than five years after his previous three on Scotland's 1998 tour to Fiji and Australia. At that time he was with Edinburgh, and in the interim he has been playing Super 12 and Currie Cup rugby in his native South Africa.Two of Glasgow's try-scorers against Cardiff last week, Gareth Maclure and Sam Pinder, have been ruled out because of injuries. Maclure had a face knock in the Cardiff game, and Pinder is to have an operation to repair damaged hand tendons.In all, Glasgow have made four changes in personnel from last week's starting XV. Stuart Moffat and Roland Reid also have been recalled. Moffat, who missed the Cardiff match because of a back strain, will be in his accustomed role at full back, with Rory Kerr switching to left wing in place of Maclure. Sinclair takes over at scrum half from Pinder, Proudfoot replaces Lee Harrison at tight head, and Reid remains at No.8, having replaced Paul Dearlove there in the second half on Friday.Glasgow include one of their five World Cup players, Graeme Beveridge, among the seven nominated replacements. The scrum half, like Proudfoot, was on international duty against Ireland last weekend, though he was not called on from the bench."It's great to have Bevvy back - however short the time," Hugh Campbell, Glasgow's coach, remarked. Scotland's World Cup campaign in Australia will be begin in little more than a month's time.Ulster reached the Celtic League semi-finals last season before losing to Munster in Limerick, but they opened the current programme with an away defeat last Friday, losing to Neath/Swansea Ospreys by 30-41. But Hugh Campbell has not been deceived by that result. 'the feedback is that they were unlucky not to get a win," he commented.Campbell pointed out that Ulster have not lost too many players to Ireland's World Cup squad - just five, the same as Glasgow have in the Scotland group. 'they"ll be a settled unit," the coach suggested. 'they"ll have consistency from last year."Friday's match will kick off at 7.35pm. Glasgow team:15 Stuart Moffat14 Jon Steel13 Graeme Morrison12 Joe Naufahu11 Rory Kerr10 Calvin Howarth9 Kenny Sinclair1 Euan Murray2 Simon Gunn3 Matthew Proudfoot4 Andy Hall5 Nathan Ross6 Cameron Mather (captain)7 Donnie Macfadyen8 Roland ReidSubstitutes:16 Scott Lawson17 Lee Harrison18 Rory McKay19 Paul Dearlove20 Graeme Beveridge21 Alan Bulloch22 Sean Lamont