Gordon Bulloch To Captain Scotland

Gordon Bulloch, Glasgow's hooker, was today named as Scotland captain for the Abbey Autumn Tests next month. With him in the squad of 37 will be 10 of his Glasgow colleagues, including two uncapped players, scrum half Sam Pinder and 18-year-old flanker John Barclay.Bulloch, a former pupil of Hutchesons' Grammar School, has twice captained Scotland in the past, first in the pre-World cup match against Ireland at Murrayfield in September last year. He then led Scotland to victory in the World Cup match against the USA.Next month Bulloch will be captain for the four-match series, including two internationals against Australia, the World Cup runners-up. The second of those games against the Wallabies will be at Hampden Park. Scotland's other Tests will be against Japan and South Africa, the Tri-Nations champions.Bulloch said: "It's a huge honour to captain your country, and I feel really privileged to do so. The fact that one of our matches will be played in Glasgow adds even more to what will already be a great occasion for me personally as it's my home city. The home crowd can always make a huge difference to the atmosphere of a game, and I know the Hampden crowd won't let us down - the fact that kids can get into the game free for every adult ticket bought should also bolster the noise around the stadium - something that I know will spur the boys on."Matt Williams, Scotland's head coach, said: "Gordon is an influential and inspirational figure both on and off the pitch. The squad really respond to him. I had indicated at the start of last season that I intended to rotate the captaincy, and I felt that now was the right time for Gordon to take over the mantle."Scottish Rugby officials were at Hampden Park to launch the Glasgow leg of the Abbey Autumn Test series and welcomed the support in hosting the event from Hampden Park Ltd and Glasgow City Council.Bill Nolan, chairman of Glasgow Rugby and SRU representative on the International Rugby Board, said: "We are delighted to be able to build upon the successful partnership that we fostered with Glasgow City Council during this summer's IRB Under 21 World Championship, when Glasgow hosted not only some of the pool games but also the finals day. Rugby is very much a sport for all, and in bringing this Test match to Hampden Park we hope to showcase the sport to people who ordinarily may not find it too easy to get to Murrayfield."Scotland has of course played at Hampden Park previously - in 1906 against South Africa and in 1999 against Romania. The good news is that Scotland is undefeated at Hampden, and nothing would give any of us greater pleasure than to see that unbeaten Hampden record still standing after the match on 20 November."Barclay has yet to make his debut for Glasgow, but he already has a reputation as a highly promising youngster. He helped Dollar Academy to an impressive 27-14 win against Dundee Hugh School in the Bell Lawrie White Scottish Schools Cup final at Murrayfield in March this year, and he is now a member of the Glasgow Rugby Academy and the West of Scotland Institute of Sport. He made a considerable impact playing in the back-row for Scotland under-18 in the Four Home Unions' tournament in April, and he played for Scottish Thistles on the European seven-a-side circuit tournament in Budapest in 2003.Pinder was born in New Zealand, but he qualifies for Scotland as his paternal grandmother was born in Cockenzie, East Lothian. This is his second season with Glasgow, for whom he has played 28 games, scoring seven tries. The first of those was on his Celtic League debut in the victory against Cardiff in September last year.Before joining Glasgow he had been in Northland's NPC squad since 1998, the year in which he played for New Zealand under-19 along with a couple of All Blacks, Aaron Mauger and Jerry Collins. That same year he was in the New Zealand Youth team who toured Wales and Canada, and he has also been on the replacements" bench for Auckland Blues in two Super 12 matches. In Northland club rugby Pinder has captained Otamatea (1999 and 2000) and Waipu (2001).Glasgow's eight other players in the Scotland squad are Andy Craig, Andy Henderson, Sean Lamont, Donnie Macfadyen, Cammy Mather, Graeme Morrison, Dan Parks, and Jon Petrie.(For further information on Scotland's Abbey Autumn Tests, click on the Portal Home bar on the Glasgow homepage.)Gordon Bulloch, Glasgow's hooker, was today named as Scotland captain for the Abbey Autumn Tests next month. With him in the squad of 37 will be 10 of his Glasgow colleagues, including two uncapped players, scrum half Sam Pinder and 18-year-old flanker John Barclay.Bulloch, a former pupil of Hutchesons' Grammar School, has twice captained Scotland in the past, first in the pre-World cup match against Ireland at Murrayfield in September last year. He then led Scotland to victory in the World Cup match against the USA.Next month Bulloch will be captain for the four-match series, including two internationals against Australia, the World Cup runners-up. The second of those games against the Wallabies will be at Hampden Park. Scotland's other Tests will be against Japan and South Africa, the Tri-Nations champions.Bulloch said: "It's a huge honour to captain your country, and I feel really privileged to do so. The fact that one of our matches will be played in Glasgow adds even more to what will already be a great occasion for me personally as it's my home city. The home crowd can always make a huge difference to the atmosphere of a game, and I know the Hampden crowd won't let us down - the fact that kids can get into the game free for every adult ticket bought should also bolster the noise around the stadium - something that I know will spur the boys on."Matt Williams, Scotland's head coach, said: "Gordon is an influential and inspirational figure both on and off the pitch. The squad really respond to him. I had indicated at the start of last season that I intended to rotate the captaincy, and I felt that now was the right time for Gordon to take over the mantle."Scottish Rugby officials were at Hampden Park to launch the Glasgow leg of the Abbey Autumn Test series and welcomed the support in hosting the event from Hampden Park Ltd and Glasgow City Council.Bill Nolan, chairman of Glasgow Rugby and SRU representative on the International Rugby Board, said: "We are delighted to be able to build upon the successful partnership that we fostered with Glasgow City Council during this summer's IRB Under 21 World Championship, when Glasgow hosted not only some of the pool games but also the finals day. Rugby is very much a sport for all, and in bringing this Test match to Hampden Park we hope to showcase the sport to people who ordinarily may not find it too easy to get to Murrayfield."Scotland has of course played at Hampden Park previously - in 1906 against South Africa and in 1999 against Romania. The good news is that Scotland is undefeated at Hampden, and nothing would give any of us greater pleasure than to see that unbeaten Hampden record still standing after the match on 20 November."Barclay has yet to make his debut for Glasgow, but he already has a reputation as a highly promising youngster. He helped Dollar Academy to an impressive 27-14 win against Dundee Hugh School in the Bell Lawrie White Scottish Schools Cup final at Murrayfield in March this year, and he is now a member of the Glasgow Rugby Academy and the West of Scotland Institute of Sport. He made a considerable impact playing in the back-row for Scotland under-18 in the Four Home Unions' tournament in April, and he played for Scottish Thistles on the European seven-a-side circuit tournament in Budapest in 2003.Pinder was born in New Zealand, but he qualifies for Scotland as his paternal grandmother was born in Cockenzie, East Lothian. This is his second season with Glasgow, for whom he has played 28 games, scoring seven tries. The first of those was on his Celtic League debut in the victory against Cardiff in September last year.Before joining Glasgow he had been in Northland's NPC squad since 1998, the year in which he played for New Zealand under-19 along with a couple of All Blacks, Aaron Mauger and Jerry Collins. That same year he was in the New Zealand Youth team who toured Wales and Canada, and he has also been on the replacements" bench for Auckland Blues in two Super 12 matches. In Northland club rugby Pinder has captained Otamatea (1999 and 2000) and Waipu (2001).Glasgow's eight other players in the Scotland squad are Andy Craig, Andy Henderson, Sean Lamont, Donnie Macfadyen, Cammy Mather, Graeme Morrison, Dan Parks, and Jon Petrie.(For further information on Scotland's Abbey Autumn Tests, click on the Portal Home bar on the Glasgow homepage.)