Swindall Ready For Dragons

Glasgow Warriors head coach Hugh Campbell believes he has greater depth in his squad than ever before as his charges open their Celtic League campaign against Newport Gwent Dragons at Hughenden on Friday night (kick-off 7.30pm). Campbell is deprived of the services of Euan Murray, Ben Prescott, Donnie Macfadyen, Graeme Morrison and Tim Barker through injury but he painted a positive message after the Warriorsa?" captaina?'s run at Hughenden, not least as he welcomes back Steve Swindall, the flanker, who was outstanding in victory against Rotherham a fortnight ago but missed last weekenda?'s defeat to Newcastle.a??Wea?"re really looking forward to the start of the Celtic League and feel we can make an impact this season,a?? he said.a??The difference between this year and last year is that throughout the squad we have players who can step in._Ita?'s been an outstanding pre-season in terms of being able to prepare the guys physically and from a skills standpoint._Ita?'s an opportunity you only get once every so many years when Scotland do not have a summer tour.a??Of the injured group, Campbell reported that Murray, who has had a thigh problem, is almost recovered._Prescott, who suffered a shoulder knock in last montha?'s training match with Ayr is two-three weeks away from being fit and the same timescale is being applied to Macfadyen who has had a??one or two nigglesa?? from his knee._Morrison has recovered from shoulder surgery and is back in the selection mix, whereas Barker turned an ankle at training this week. Swindalla?'s hand injury has healed remarkably quickly enabling the Scotland under-21 internationalist to take his place in the back-row.Campbell has set targets for his squad but they are not designed to attract screaming headlines in the tabloids.a??Wea?"re not saying we will finish in the top one or two in the Celtic League or qualify for Europe._What wea?"re saying is that we are looking to improve our defence this season by achieving certain things and wea?"re looking to improve our attacking ability by achieving certain goal s a?" do that and it will be reflected in our performance._If each player improves by a couple of per cent then thata?'s a massive overall improvement in the team performance,a?? he said. Glasgow Warriors team to play Newport Gwent Dragons at Hughenden tomorrow (Friday 2 September), kick-off 7.30pm15 Colin Shaw14 Rory Lamont13 Andy Craig12 Andrew Henderson11 Mike Roberts10 Dan Parks9 Sam Pinder1 Kevin Tkachuk2 Scott Lawson *3 Lee Harrison4 Dan Turner5 Craig Hamilton6 Steve Swindall 8 Jon Petrie CAPTAIN7 Andrew Wilson *Substitutes16 Fergus Thomson *17 Stuart Corsar 18 Gregor Hayter19 Paul Dearlove20 Graeme Beveridge21 Calvin Howarth22 Scott BarrowNot available due to injury a?" Euan Murray * (thigh), Ben Prescott (shoulder), Donnie Macfadyen (knee) and Graeme Morrison (shoulder), Tim Barker (ankle)* indicates member of the Scottish Institute of SportDragons: Kevin Morgan; Gareth Wyatt, Hal Luscombe, Jonathan Bryant, Richard Fussell; Craig Warlow, Gareth Baber; Adam Black, Kieran Crawford, Rhys Thomas, Ian Gough, Peter Sidoli, Andrew Hall, Richard Bryan, Jason Forster (capt).Replacements: Leigh Hinton, Ceri Sweeney, Sione Tuipulotu, Gethin Robinson, David Maddocks, Luke Charteris, Jamie Ringer.Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)._Touch-judges: David Changleng (Gala) and Jim Yuille (Biggar).Glasgow Warriors head coach Hugh Campbell believes he has greater depth in his squad than ever before as his charges open their Celtic League campaign against Newport Gwent Dragons at Hughenden on Friday night (kick-off 7.30pm). Campbell is deprived of the services of Euan Murray, Ben Prescott, Donnie Macfadyen, Graeme Morrison and Tim Barker through injury but he painted a positive message after the Warriorsa?" captaina?'s run at Hughenden, not least as he welcomes back Steve Swindall, the flanker, who was outstanding in victory against Rotherham a fortnight ago but missed last weekenda?'s defeat to Newcastle.a??Wea?"re really looking forward to the start of the Celtic League and feel we can make an impact this season,a?? he said.a??The difference between this year and last year is that throughout the squad we have players who can step in._Ita?'s been an outstanding pre-season in terms of being able to prepare the guys physically and from a skills standpoint._Ita?'s an opportunity you only get once every so many years when Scotland do not have a summer tour.a??Of the injured group, Campbell reported that Murray, who has had a thigh problem, is almost recovered._Prescott, who suffered a shoulder knock in last montha?'s training match with Ayr is two-three weeks away from being fit and the same timescale is being applied to Macfadyen who has had a??one or two nigglesa?? from his knee._Morrison has recovered from shoulder surgery and is back in the selection mix, whereas Barker turned an ankle at training this week. Swindalla?'s hand injury has healed remarkably quickly enabling the Scotland under-21 internationalist to take his place in the back-row.Campbell has set targets for his squad but they are not designed to attract screaming headlines in the tabloids.a??Wea?"re not saying we will finish in the top one or two in the Celtic League or qualify for Europe._What wea?"re saying is that we are looking to improve our defence this season by achieving certain things and wea?"re looking to improve our attacking ability by achieving certain goal s a?" do that and it will be reflected in our performance._If each player improves by a couple of per cent then thata?'s a massive overall improvement in the team performance,a?? he said. Glasgow Warriors team to play Newport Gwent Dragons at Hughenden tomorrow (Friday 2 September), kick-off 7.30pm15 Colin Shaw14 Rory Lamont13 Andy Craig12 Andrew Henderson11 Mike Roberts10 Dan Parks9 Sam Pinder1 Kevin Tkachuk2 Scott Lawson *3 Lee Harrison4 Dan Turner5 Craig Hamilton6 Steve Swindall 8 Jon Petrie CAPTAIN7 Andrew Wilson *Substitutes16 Fergus Thomson *17 Stuart Corsar 18 Gregor Hayter19 Paul Dearlove20 Graeme Beveridge21 Calvin Howarth22 Scott BarrowNot available due to injury a?" Euan Murray * (thigh), Ben Prescott (shoulder), Donnie Macfadyen (knee) and Graeme Morrison (shoulder), Tim Barker (ankle)* indicates member of the Scottish Institute of SportDragons: Kevin Morgan; Gareth Wyatt, Hal Luscombe, Jonathan Bryant, Richard Fussell; Craig Warlow, Gareth Baber; Adam Black, Kieran Crawford, Rhys Thomas, Ian Gough, Peter Sidoli, Andrew Hall, Richard Bryan, Jason Forster (capt).Replacements: Leigh Hinton, Ceri Sweeney, Sione Tuipulotu, Gethin Robinson, David Maddocks, Luke Charteris, Jamie Ringer.Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)._Touch-judges: David Changleng (Gala) and Jim Yuille (Biggar).