Petrie Hails Squad Depth

Glasgow Warriors are looking strong for the start of the Celtic League later this week. That commendation came today from none other than Jon Petrie, captain of Glasgow and Scotland, in previewing the league game against Newport Gwent Dragons at Hughenden on Friday evening.a??Physically, wea?"re in better shape than Ia?"ve ever known us,a?? Petrie commented before training at their Whitecraigs base this afternoon. a??A summer at home has been the best thing for us.a??Glasgow, Petrie added, are also stronger in the depth of resources. a??For the first time we have a squad thata?'s fully competitive,a?? he pointed out. Every position will be contested for selection when all players are fit. a??Ita?'s a boost if you know you have someone pushing hard for your position.a??Petrie was confident that that could counter-balance the loss of such international players as Gordon Bulloch, Sean Lamont, and Cammy Mather. The captain identified especially Mike Roberts and Graydon Staniforth as wings who could compensate for Lamonta?'s departure to English club rugby. a??Both are big, strong runners, and Graydona?'s an experienced guy,a?? Petrie said. Staniforth has been in Australiaa?'s sevens squad, and Roberts has come from London Wasps, English premiership champions for the past three seasons.Another pinpointed for mention by Petrie was his fellow cap, Craig Hamilton, Glasgowa?'s recruit from Newcastle Falcons. a??His arrival has been great for us. His ball-winning in the lineout so far has been fantastic,a?? the captain explained.Petrie was also looking for some of the younger players to come through, forwards such as John Beattie, James Eddie, and Stuart Corsar, and the 19-year-old John Barclay. a??The young guys should be stepping up,a?? the captain claimed. a??John Barclaya?'s big for his age, and the under-21s have been playing over the summer.a?? Beattie, Eddie, and Corsar were in the Scotlanda?'s squad who finished sixth in the IRB Under 21 World Championship in Argentina in June a?" top-placed among the four home countries.a??I would like to see those guys coming through,a?? Petrie added with special mention for Corsar, the prop from Aberdeen Grammar. a??You wona?'t get anyone with more heart at that age,a?? the captain remarked.However, Petrie tempered his remarks with caution after two defeats in the past week. Glasgow lost a development, training match against Edinburgh Gunners at Whitecraigs last Monday evening, and that was followed up by defeat in a higher profile game against Newcastle at Kingston Park on Saturday.a??We have to be realistic and realise that we cana?'t just turn up and ita?"ll happen,a?? the captain commented. a??A wake-up call is no bad thing now, better than three weeks into the Celtic League season.a??Glasgow Warriors are looking strong for the start of the Celtic League later this week. That commendation came today from none other than Jon Petrie, captain of Glasgow and Scotland, in previewing the league game against Newport Gwent Dragons at Hughenden on Friday evening.a??Physically, wea?"re in better shape than Ia?"ve ever known us,a?? Petrie commented before training at their Whitecraigs base this afternoon. a??A summer at home has been the best thing for us.a??Glasgow, Petrie added, are also stronger in the depth of resources. a??For the first time we have a squad thata?'s fully competitive,a?? he pointed out. Every position will be contested for selection when all players are fit. a??Ita?'s a boost if you know you have someone pushing hard for your position.a??Petrie was confident that that could counter-balance the loss of such international players as Gordon Bulloch, Sean Lamont, and Cammy Mather. The captain identified especially Mike Roberts and Graydon Staniforth as wings who could compensate for Lamonta?'s departure to English club rugby. a??Both are big, strong runners, and Graydona?'s an experienced guy,a?? Petrie said. Staniforth has been in Australiaa?'s sevens squad, and Roberts has come from London Wasps, English premiership champions for the past three seasons.Another pinpointed for mention by Petrie was his fellow cap, Craig Hamilton, Glasgowa?'s recruit from Newcastle Falcons. a??His arrival has been great for us. His ball-winning in the lineout so far has been fantastic,a?? the captain explained.Petrie was also looking for some of the younger players to come through, forwards such as John Beattie, James Eddie, and Stuart Corsar, and the 19-year-old John Barclay. a??The young guys should be stepping up,a?? the captain claimed. a??John Barclaya?'s big for his age, and the under-21s have been playing over the summer.a?? Beattie, Eddie, and Corsar were in the Scotlanda?'s squad who finished sixth in the IRB Under 21 World Championship in Argentina in June a?" top-placed among the four home countries.a??I would like to see those guys coming through,a?? Petrie added with special mention for Corsar, the prop from Aberdeen Grammar. a??You wona?'t get anyone with more heart at that age,a?? the captain remarked.However, Petrie tempered his remarks with caution after two defeats in the past week. Glasgow lost a development, training match against Edinburgh Gunners at Whitecraigs last Monday evening, and that was followed up by defeat in a higher profile game against Newcastle at Kingston Park on Saturday.a??We have to be realistic and realise that we cana?'t just turn up and ita?"ll happen,a?? the captain commented. a??A wake-up call is no bad thing now, better than three weeks into the Celtic League season.a??