Glasgow Call On Prescott And Milligan Again

Glasgow's injury problems continue, especially in the front row. Three Premiership club props, Eric Milligan, Ben Prescott, and Colin Whitaker, have been called in for the Celtic League match against Neath/Swansea Ospreys at Hughenden tomorrow. They are needed as all four of Glasgow's contracted props, Euan Murray, Andy Kelly, Lee Harrison, and Matt Proudfoot, are on the casualty list.Milligan, who led Glasgow Hawks to victory in the BT Cup final against Dundee High School FP two weeks ago, made his Glasgow debut as a replacement last week against Edinburgh at Meadowbank, and tomorrow he will play at loose head, starting for the first time. Prescott, the Aberdeen Grammar School FP prop who has been in the Glasgow squad for the past two weeks, has switched to tight head in place of Proudfoot.Whitaker, the Dundee High School FP prop who was a Scotland under-21 international three years ago, is on the replacements" bench. So is Mark Sitch, Glasgow Hawks" back-row forward who played as a substitute for Glasgow in the Hughenden game against Munster in March.Sitch is required as cover as two of Glasgow's back row against Edinburgh, Jon Petrie and Paul Dearlove, like Proudfoot, drop out because of injury. Roland Reid and Andrew Wilson return as respectively No.8 and blind-side flanker. Dan Parks, Glasgow's Scotland stand-off, takes over the captaincy from Petrie, as he did for the Wrexham match against Llanelli Scarlets two weeks ago.In Glasgow's one other personnel change from the starting line-up in the Edinburgh game Glenn Metcalfe switches from the right wing to full back in place of Stuart Moffat. David Millard returns on the right wing.It will be Metcalfe's last game for Glasgow. His decision to head to French club rugby ends a Glasgow career which began with the district team in the days before professional rugby. His debut was in the European Conference match against Newbridge in Wales in October 1996.Overall, Metcalfe played 112 games in Glasgow jerseys, scoring 27 tries. In the current format, since the revamping of the Scottish professional teams in 1998, he has had 93 games and scored 25 tries.To give Metcalfe a send-off to remember is just one reason why Glasgow will wish to finish the league season with a victory. They may already be sure of a Heineken Cup place for next season, along with Edinburgh, but they also need to win to leave clear water between themselves and the Borders in the contest for qualification for Europe's top flight.Moreover, with defeats in the past five matches, Glasgow have equalled their longest losing run. It is a record which they will not want to break.Ospreys still have an equally strong incentive tomorrow after Cardiff's 55-22 win over Edinburgh at the Arms Park tonight. The Neath/Swansea combine need a result to edge Cardiff in the contest to join Llanelli, Gwent Dragons, and Celtic Warriors as the Welsh qualifiers for the Heineken Cup next season.Tomorrow's Hughenden match will kick off at 7.30pm. Glasgow's team:15 Glenn Metcalfe14 David Millard13 Graeme Morrison12 Andrew Henderson11 Sean Lamont10 Dan Parks (captain)9 Sam Pinder1 Eric Milligan2 Scott Lawson3 Ben Prescott4 Joe Beardshaw5 Andrew Hall6 Andrew Wilson8 Roland Reid7 Donnie MacfadyenReplacements:16 Simon Gunn17 Colin Whitaker18 Rory McKay19 Mark Sitch20 Graeme Beveridge21 Calvin Howarth22 Jon SteelGlasgow's injury problems continue, especially in the front row. Three Premiership club props, Eric Milligan, Ben Prescott, and Colin Whitaker, have been called in for the Celtic League match against Neath/Swansea Ospreys at Hughenden tomorrow. They are needed as all four of Glasgow's contracted props, Euan Murray, Andy Kelly, Lee Harrison, and Matt Proudfoot, are on the casualty list.Milligan, who led Glasgow Hawks to victory in the BT Cup final against Dundee High School FP two weeks ago, made his Glasgow debut as a replacement last week against Edinburgh at Meadowbank, and tomorrow he will play at loose head, starting for the first time. Prescott, the Aberdeen Grammar School FP prop who has been in the Glasgow squad for the past two weeks, has switched to tight head in place of Proudfoot.Whitaker, the Dundee High School FP prop who was a Scotland under-21 international three years ago, is on the replacements" bench. So is Mark Sitch, Glasgow Hawks" back-row forward who played as a substitute for Glasgow in the Hughenden game against Munster in March.Sitch is required as cover as two of Glasgow's back row against Edinburgh, Jon Petrie and Paul Dearlove, like Proudfoot, drop out because of injury. Roland Reid and Andrew Wilson return as respectively No.8 and blind-side flanker. Dan Parks, Glasgow's Scotland stand-off, takes over the captaincy from Petrie, as he did for the Wrexham match against Llanelli Scarlets two weeks ago.In Glasgow's one other personnel change from the starting line-up in the Edinburgh game Glenn Metcalfe switches from the right wing to full back in place of Stuart Moffat. David Millard returns on the right wing.It will be Metcalfe's last game for Glasgow. His decision to head to French club rugby ends a Glasgow career which began with the district team in the days before professional rugby. His debut was in the European Conference match against Newbridge in Wales in October 1996.Overall, Metcalfe played 112 games in Glasgow jerseys, scoring 27 tries. In the current format, since the revamping of the Scottish professional teams in 1998, he has had 93 games and scored 25 tries.To give Metcalfe a send-off to remember is just one reason why Glasgow will wish to finish the league season with a victory. They may already be sure of a Heineken Cup place for next season, along with Edinburgh, but they also need to win to leave clear water between themselves and the Borders in the contest for qualification for Europe's top flight.Moreover, with defeats in the past five matches, Glasgow have equalled their longest losing run. It is a record which they will not want to break.Ospreys still have an equally strong incentive tomorrow after Cardiff's 55-22 win over Edinburgh at the Arms Park tonight. The Neath/Swansea combine need a result to edge Cardiff in the contest to join Llanelli, Gwent Dragons, and Celtic Warriors as the Welsh qualifiers for the Heineken Cup next season.Tomorrow's Hughenden match will kick off at 7.30pm. Glasgow's team:15 Glenn Metcalfe14 David Millard13 Graeme Morrison12 Andrew Henderson11 Sean Lamont10 Dan Parks (captain)9 Sam Pinder1 Eric Milligan2 Scott Lawson3 Ben Prescott4 Joe Beardshaw5 Andrew Hall6 Andrew Wilson8 Roland Reid7 Donnie MacfadyenReplacements:16 Simon Gunn17 Colin Whitaker18 Rory McKay19 Mark Sitch20 Graeme Beveridge21 Calvin Howarth22 Jon Steel