Glenn Metcalfe To Leave Glasgow

Glenn Metcalfe will be leaving Glasgow at the end of this season to pursue his rugby career elsewhere, probably in France. However, as the international full back departs, his Scotland colleague, Andy Craig, the 28-year-old Orrell centre, will be joining Glasgow for next season.Metcalfe has been with Glasgow since the start of professional rugby in Scotland in 1996. In Glasgow's current format, since 1998, he has played 93 games and scored 25 tries. Add in two earlier seasons, with the district team, he has appeared in Glasgow jerseys 112 times, with 27 tries.Since 1998, too, he has played 40 internationals for Scotland, scoring four tries. His international career started and finished against Australia. He made his debut in the 1998 tour match against the Wallabies in Sydney, and his finale in a Scotland jersey was last year's Rugby World Cup quarter-final Australia in Brisbane.Like many in Scottish rugby, Hugh Campbell, Glasgow's head coach, will be sorry to see Metcalfe's departure. "Glenn's been outstanding for Glasgow and Scottish rugby. He has been a superb ambassador for rugby, recognised worldwide," the coach remarked in echoing the view of so many in Scottish rugby."We wish him well for his new venture" the coach added."I"m sorry to be leaving Glasgow," the 34-year-old Metcalfe said. "I"ve been with Glasgow throughout my professional career, and I"ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here. But I think this is the time to try something different."He does not yet know where he will be playing next season. "I"ve got a few options. But I"ll wait to see what happens at the end of the French season," Metcalfe explained.Glasgow have only one match left this season, the Celtic League game against Neath/Swansea Ospreys at Hughenden on Friday evening. It will be the opportunity for Metcalfe's many supporters to wish him bon voyage, wherever he is going.Metcalfe, who was born in Auckland, New Zealand, qualified for Scotland as his maternal grandmother was from Glasgow. He played seven times for Waikato at senior provincial level in New Zealand. He came to Scotland in 1996, joining Glasgow Academicals, and two years later he was in the Glasgow Hawks" team who won the Scottish Cup.He was a wing at the start of his club career in Scotland, and his switch to what was to become his international position came in January 1998 when Hawks utilised him in the No.15 berth in a cup-tie against Cumbernauld. Five months later he made his international debut as full back against Australia.Craig, the first of Glasgow's newcomers to be confirmed for next season, has played 16 internationals for Scotland. He made his debut against Canada in Vancouver on the 2002 tour to North America, and, most recently, he was in Scotland's World Cup squad last year, playing against Japan, the United States, and France.He has yet to sign a contract. "But we"ve agreed everything in principle," David Jordan, Glasgow's chief executive, explained today.Craig was born in St Helens, Merseyside, but he qualifies for Scotland as his maternal grandfather was born in Aberdeen.Glenn Metcalfe will be leaving Glasgow at the end of this season to pursue his rugby career elsewhere, probably in France. However, as the international full back departs, his Scotland colleague, Andy Craig, the 28-year-old Orrell centre, will be joining Glasgow for next season.Metcalfe has been with Glasgow since the start of professional rugby in Scotland in 1996. In Glasgow's current format, since 1998, he has played 93 games and scored 25 tries. Add in two earlier seasons, with the district team, he has appeared in Glasgow jerseys 112 times, with 27 tries.Since 1998, too, he has played 40 internationals for Scotland, scoring four tries. His international career started and finished against Australia. He made his debut in the 1998 tour match against the Wallabies in Sydney, and his finale in a Scotland jersey was last year's Rugby World Cup quarter-final Australia in Brisbane.Like many in Scottish rugby, Hugh Campbell, Glasgow's head coach, will be sorry to see Metcalfe's departure. "Glenn's been outstanding for Glasgow and Scottish rugby. He has been a superb ambassador for rugby, recognised worldwide," the coach remarked in echoing the view of so many in Scottish rugby."We wish him well for his new venture" the coach added."I"m sorry to be leaving Glasgow," the 34-year-old Metcalfe said. "I"ve been with Glasgow throughout my professional career, and I"ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here. But I think this is the time to try something different."He does not yet know where he will be playing next season. "I"ve got a few options. But I"ll wait to see what happens at the end of the French season," Metcalfe explained.Glasgow have only one match left this season, the Celtic League game against Neath/Swansea Ospreys at Hughenden on Friday evening. It will be the opportunity for Metcalfe's many supporters to wish him bon voyage, wherever he is going.Metcalfe, who was born in Auckland, New Zealand, qualified for Scotland as his maternal grandmother was from Glasgow. He played seven times for Waikato at senior provincial level in New Zealand. He came to Scotland in 1996, joining Glasgow Academicals, and two years later he was in the Glasgow Hawks" team who won the Scottish Cup.He was a wing at the start of his club career in Scotland, and his switch to what was to become his international position came in January 1998 when Hawks utilised him in the No.15 berth in a cup-tie against Cumbernauld. Five months later he made his international debut as full back against Australia.Craig, the first of Glasgow's newcomers to be confirmed for next season, has played 16 internationals for Scotland. He made his debut against Canada in Vancouver on the 2002 tour to North America, and, most recently, he was in Scotland's World Cup squad last year, playing against Japan, the United States, and France.He has yet to sign a contract. "But we"ve agreed everything in principle," David Jordan, Glasgow's chief executive, explained today.Craig was born in St Helens, Merseyside, but he qualifies for Scotland as his maternal grandfather was born in Aberdeen.