Paul Dearlove To Captain Glasgow For First Time

Paul Dearlove will captain Glasgow for the first time in the Celtic League match against The Borders at Hughenden tomorrow evening. Glasgow have entrusted the former Sydney University player with the role in the absence of his fellow back-row forward, Cameron Mather, the first-choice captain, who flew out to Australia this evening to join Scotland's World Cup squad as replacement for the injury Andrew Mower.Dearlove has played in all but one of Glasgow's six Celtic matches since he joined the squad in the summer, and he scored a try in the 18-14 victory against Munster in the cup quarter-final earlier this month. More important, the 24-yar-old No.8 is no stranger to captaincy as he led Sydney University to the 2002 Grand Finals.Hugh Campbell, Glasgow's head coach, is confident Dearlove will cope with the added responsibility. "He's impressed us," the coach remarked. "He's a very sensible player.'despite the loss of the usual captain, the Glasgow coach was pleased about Mather's return to the Scotland squad. "It's great for Cammy," the coach said. "We"re all delighted that he's made the next step back up." Mather has played four times for Scotland, including twice in the 1999 World Cup, but he has not appeared on the international stage since a replacement cap against France in 2000.Glasgow will be without their two first-choice flankers, Mather and Donnie Macfadyen, for tomorrow's match. But their fellow cap, Rory Kerr, returns on the right wing.Macfadyen has been ruled out because of a shoulder injury. Ironically, it was a shoulder injury that kept Kerr out of the team in the match that Glasgow lost to Gwent Dragons at Newport on Sunday.Glasgow have made five changes in the team who started against Dragons. Kerr replaces Jon Steel on the right wing, Andrew Wilson and Roland Reid return in place of Macfadyen and Mather as flankers, Andrew Hall resumes at lock, displacing Joe Beardshaw, and Scott Lawson takes over from Simon Gunn as hooker.It will be only Wilson's second appearance in the team this season whereas Lawson will be making his first start for Glasgow, though he has played as a substitute in each of the six previous Celtic matches. Hall also has appeared in all six this season, as a substitute against Dragons after five successive starts, and Reid, who replaced Macfadyen during the Newport game, has been in Glasgow's squad for every match this season, starting in three of the six.Tomorrow's match will kick off at 7.30pm. Glasgow's XV:15 Stuart Moffat14 Rory Kerr13 Graeme Morrison12 Alan Bulloch11 Sean Lamont10 Daniel Parks9 Kenny Sinclair1 Matthew Proudfoot2 Scott Lawson3 Lee Harrison4 Andy Hall5 Nathan Ross6 Roland Reid8 Paul Dearlove (captain)7 Andrew WilsonSubstitutes:16 Simon Gunn17 Euan Murray18 Joe Beardshaw19 Rory McKay20 Mark McMillan21 Calvin Howarth22 Jon SteelPaul Dearlove will captain Glasgow for the first time in the Celtic League match against The Borders at Hughenden tomorrow evening. Glasgow have entrusted the former Sydney University player with the role in the absence of his fellow back-row forward, Cameron Mather, the first-choice captain, who flew out to Australia this evening to join Scotland's World Cup squad as replacement for the injury Andrew Mower.Dearlove has played in all but one of Glasgow's six Celtic matches since he joined the squad in the summer, and he scored a try in the 18-14 victory against Munster in the cup quarter-final earlier this month. More important, the 24-yar-old No.8 is no stranger to captaincy as he led Sydney University to the 2002 Grand Finals.Hugh Campbell, Glasgow's head coach, is confident Dearlove will cope with the added responsibility. "He's impressed us," the coach remarked. "He's a very sensible player.'despite the loss of the usual captain, the Glasgow coach was pleased about Mather's return to the Scotland squad. "It's great for Cammy," the coach said. "We"re all delighted that he's made the next step back up." Mather has played four times for Scotland, including twice in the 1999 World Cup, but he has not appeared on the international stage since a replacement cap against France in 2000.Glasgow will be without their two first-choice flankers, Mather and Donnie Macfadyen, for tomorrow's match. But their fellow cap, Rory Kerr, returns on the right wing.Macfadyen has been ruled out because of a shoulder injury. Ironically, it was a shoulder injury that kept Kerr out of the team in the match that Glasgow lost to Gwent Dragons at Newport on Sunday.Glasgow have made five changes in the team who started against Dragons. Kerr replaces Jon Steel on the right wing, Andrew Wilson and Roland Reid return in place of Macfadyen and Mather as flankers, Andrew Hall resumes at lock, displacing Joe Beardshaw, and Scott Lawson takes over from Simon Gunn as hooker.It will be only Wilson's second appearance in the team this season whereas Lawson will be making his first start for Glasgow, though he has played as a substitute in each of the six previous Celtic matches. Hall also has appeared in all six this season, as a substitute against Dragons after five successive starts, and Reid, who replaced Macfadyen during the Newport game, has been in Glasgow's squad for every match this season, starting in three of the six.Tomorrow's match will kick off at 7.30pm. Glasgow's XV:15 Stuart Moffat14 Rory Kerr13 Graeme Morrison12 Alan Bulloch11 Sean Lamont10 Daniel Parks9 Kenny Sinclair1 Matthew Proudfoot2 Scott Lawson3 Lee Harrison4 Andy Hall5 Nathan Ross6 Roland Reid8 Paul Dearlove (captain)7 Andrew WilsonSubstitutes:16 Simon Gunn17 Euan Murray18 Joe Beardshaw19 Rory McKay20 Mark McMillan21 Calvin Howarth22 Jon Steel