Dan Parks To Captain Glasgow For First Time

Glasgow have a new captain for the Celtic League match against Llanelli Scarlets tomorrow at the Racecourse Ground, Wrexham. Dan Parks, Scotland's newest stand-off, will lead the team in the absence of Cameron Mather, Jon Petrie, and Gordon Bulloch, all experienced Glasgow captains.Mather has been out of rugby with shoulder/bicep damage since Scotland's international against France last month, Petrie has a lower leg injury, and Bulloch has been rested after eight months of almost unbroken rugby duty with Scotland and Glasgow.Two other forwards, Euan Murray and Nathan Ross, also are unavailable because of injuries. Murray has calf damage, and Ross has a shoulder knock. Among the backs, Graeme Morrison and Glenn Metcalfe, like Bulloch, have been rested. Metcalfe, though, will travel as a replacement.Taking over from Morrison, David Millard will have his first start at centre. His previous four starts have been as a wing, and Stuart Moffat returns at full back in place of Metcalfe.Hugh Campbell, Glasgow's head coach, is particularly interested in assessing how Millard fares at outside centre. "We would like to see how he plays at centre," the coach explained. "With him there we have a back four with pace."Moffat's last start at full back for Glasgow was against Saracens in the Parker Pen Challenge Cup match at Watford in early January. 'since Glenn returned from the World Cup," the coach pointed out, 'stuart has had few opportunities. We"ve decided to take this game to look at him again."In all, Glasgow have made no fewer than eight changes from the team who started in the defeat by Celtic Warriors two weeks ago. Also in the back division, Sam Pinder starts instead of Graeme Beveridge at scrum half. Among the forwards, Donnie Macfadyen resumes at open side in place of Petrie, and Andrew Wilson takes over from Roland Reid on the other flank whereas Andrew Hall, Matt Proudfoot, and Scott Lawson respectively replace Ross, Murray, and Bulloch in the tight five.Reid and Beveridge, like Metcalfe, though not in the starting XV, are still in the travelling squad. With them on the bench will be Ben Prescott, the Aberdeen Grammar School FP prop. Glasgow have had to call on him as Lee Harrison, like Murray, is injured, leaving Proudfoot and Andrew Kelly as the only fit props in the contracted squad.Glasgow travel to North Wales not only seeking to upset the joint leaders in the league but also looking to strengthen their bid for a Heineken Cup slot next season. To do that, joining Edinburgh in the major European competition, they have to finish ahead of The Borders, who are currently four points adrift.Tomorrow's match will kick off at 5.30pm. Glasgow team:15 Stuart Moffat14 Rory Kerr13 David Millard12 Andrew Henderson11 Sean Lamont10 Dan Parks (captain)9 Sam Pinder1 Andrew Kelly2 Scott Lawson3 Matt Proudfoot4 Joe Beardshaw5 Andrew Hall6 Andrew Wilson8 Paul Dearlove7 Donnie MacfadyenReplacements:16 Simon Gunn17 Ben Prescott18 Roland Reid19 Rory McKay20 Graeme Beveridge21 Calvin Howarth22 Glenn MetcalfeGlasgow have a new captain for the Celtic League match against Llanelli Scarlets tomorrow at the Racecourse Ground, Wrexham. Dan Parks, Scotland's newest stand-off, will lead the team in the absence of Cameron Mather, Jon Petrie, and Gordon Bulloch, all experienced Glasgow captains.Mather has been out of rugby with shoulder/bicep damage since Scotland's international against France last month, Petrie has a lower leg injury, and Bulloch has been rested after eight months of almost unbroken rugby duty with Scotland and Glasgow.Two other forwards, Euan Murray and Nathan Ross, also are unavailable because of injuries. Murray has calf damage, and Ross has a shoulder knock. Among the backs, Graeme Morrison and Glenn Metcalfe, like Bulloch, have been rested. Metcalfe, though, will travel as a replacement.Taking over from Morrison, David Millard will have his first start at centre. His previous four starts have been as a wing, and Stuart Moffat returns at full back in place of Metcalfe.Hugh Campbell, Glasgow's head coach, is particularly interested in assessing how Millard fares at outside centre. "We would like to see how he plays at centre," the coach explained. "With him there we have a back four with pace."Moffat's last start at full back for Glasgow was against Saracens in the Parker Pen Challenge Cup match at Watford in early January. 'since Glenn returned from the World Cup," the coach pointed out, 'stuart has had few opportunities. We"ve decided to take this game to look at him again."In all, Glasgow have made no fewer than eight changes from the team who started in the defeat by Celtic Warriors two weeks ago. Also in the back division, Sam Pinder starts instead of Graeme Beveridge at scrum half. Among the forwards, Donnie Macfadyen resumes at open side in place of Petrie, and Andrew Wilson takes over from Roland Reid on the other flank whereas Andrew Hall, Matt Proudfoot, and Scott Lawson respectively replace Ross, Murray, and Bulloch in the tight five.Reid and Beveridge, like Metcalfe, though not in the starting XV, are still in the travelling squad. With them on the bench will be Ben Prescott, the Aberdeen Grammar School FP prop. Glasgow have had to call on him as Lee Harrison, like Murray, is injured, leaving Proudfoot and Andrew Kelly as the only fit props in the contracted squad.Glasgow travel to North Wales not only seeking to upset the joint leaders in the league but also looking to strengthen their bid for a Heineken Cup slot next season. To do that, joining Edinburgh in the major European competition, they have to finish ahead of The Borders, who are currently four points adrift.Tomorrow's match will kick off at 5.30pm. Glasgow team:15 Stuart Moffat14 Rory Kerr13 David Millard12 Andrew Henderson11 Sean Lamont10 Dan Parks (captain)9 Sam Pinder1 Andrew Kelly2 Scott Lawson3 Matt Proudfoot4 Joe Beardshaw5 Andrew Hall6 Andrew Wilson8 Paul Dearlove7 Donnie MacfadyenReplacements:16 Simon Gunn17 Ben Prescott18 Roland Reid19 Rory McKay20 Graeme Beveridge21 Calvin Howarth22 Glenn Metcalfe