Warriors Welcome Euro Challenge

Pic: Ruaridh JacksonGlasgow Warriors head into Europe with a trip south to take on Saracens in the European Challenge Cup this weekend (Sunday 22 October, Vicarage Road, 3pm)On a week of birthdays for the Warriors with Graeme Morrison, Fergus Thomson and Jon Petrie all marking an anniversary, the club hope to be celebrating further with a repeat of the score-line from the last time the two sides met a?" a thrilling 33-5 victory for the Glaswegians in season 2003-04 in the same competition.The starting XV sees four changes (one positional) from the team who lost to the Ospreys in Wales last week._Francisco Leonelli returns from injury to start at fullback meaning Rory Lamont moves to the right wing and Hefin Oa?"Hare drops to the bench._In the centre, Andy Henderson replaces Scott Barrow and at stand-off, Dan Parks starts while last weeka?'s starting stand-off, Colin Gregor, is unavailable for selection due to a thigh injury sustained in the game against the Ospreys._This means National Academy player Ruaridh Jackson joins the line-up on the bench, the first time the 18-year-old has featured in the senior squad since joining the Warriors during the summer._He said: a??Ia?"m pretty excited about it all._Ita?'s great to be selected in the 22 and if I get the opportunity to get onto the pitch then, Ia?"ll obviously be a bit nervous but I just cana?'t wait to get down there._Ia?"ve been playing my club rugby with Cartha [Queena?'s Park] and Ia?"ve really been enjoying it there._Theya?"re a good bunch of guys and I think my game has been going quite well._Although we may not have gotten off to the best start this season, we picked up our game and had a good performance last week against top of the table Stirling County.a??The Glasgow Warriors team to play Saracens in the European Challenge Cup is as follows:15 Francisco Leonelli14 Rory Lamont13 Graeme Morrison12 Andy Henderson11 Thom Evans10 Dan Parks9 Graeme Beveridge1 Justin Vaa?"a2 Fergus Thomson*3 Euan Murray*4 Andy Newman5 Alastair Kellock CAPTAIN6 Andrew Wilson*7 John Barclay*8 John Beattie*Substitutes:16 Scott Lawson*17 Kevin Tkachuk18 Dan Turner19 Donnie Macfadyen20 Sam Pinder21 Ruaridh Jackson**22 Hefin Oa?"HareUnavailable for selection due to injury: James Eddie (ankle), Colin Gregor (thigh), Sean Marsden (hamstring), Mike Roberts (knee), Colin Shaw (ankle). The following National Academy players are being made available to play for their clubs this weekend: Willie Brown**, Jamie Hunter** (both Hillhead/Jordanhill), Moray Low** (Aberdeen GSFP), Colin White** (Ayr), Allan Kelly** (Glasgow Hawks), Calum Forrester** (GHA) and Ben Addison** (Stirling County) in the following fixtures: Aberdeen GSFP v Boroughmuir, Heriota?'s v Ayr, Glasgow Hawks v Melrose, Hamilton v Hillhead/Jordanhill, Biggar v GHA, Jed Forest v Stirling County. *Member of the Scottish Institute of Sport._**Member of the West of Scotland Institute of SportRUARIDH JACKSON (Glasgow Warriors and Cartha Queena?'s Park)Stand-off. Born: 12.2.88 in Northampton. Height: 5ft 11in (1.80m). Weight: 11st 11lb (74kg).Ruaridh James Howard Jackson represented Caledonia under-16 and North under-18 before being selected for the Scotland under-18 squad in season 2005-06. Playing for Robert Gordona?'s College, he kicked four conversions against Selkirk High School in the Royal Navy Schools Sevens final in 2006. In winning the competition with a 28-19 victory in that final, Robert Gordona?'s qualified to represent Scotland in the Four Nationsa?" Rugby Sevens in Portsmouth. Ruaridh also played a major part in helping the school 1st XV reach the final of the Bell Lawrie White Scottish Schools Cup in January 2006 and he is now a member of Scottish Rugbya?'s National Academy and the West of Scotland Institute of Sport. He has also played for Scotland at cricket as a member of the national under-17 team. Pic: Ruaridh JacksonGlasgow Warriors head into Europe with a trip south to take on Saracens in the European Challenge Cup this weekend (Sunday 22 October, Vicarage Road, 3pm)On a week of birthdays for the Warriors with Graeme Morrison, Fergus Thomson and Jon Petrie all marking an anniversary, the club hope to be celebrating further with a repeat of the score-line from the last time the two sides met a?" a thrilling 33-5 victory for the Glaswegians in season 2003-04 in the same competition.The starting XV sees four changes (one positional) from the team who lost to the Ospreys in Wales last week._Francisco Leonelli returns from injury to start at fullback meaning Rory Lamont moves to the right wing and Hefin Oa?"Hare drops to the bench._In the centre, Andy Henderson replaces Scott Barrow and at stand-off, Dan Parks starts while last weeka?'s starting stand-off, Colin Gregor, is unavailable for selection due to a thigh injury sustained in the game against the Ospreys._This means National Academy player Ruaridh Jackson joins the line-up on the bench, the first time the 18-year-old has featured in the senior squad since joining the Warriors during the summer._He said: a??Ia?"m pretty excited about it all._Ita?'s great to be selected in the 22 and if I get the opportunity to get onto the pitch then, Ia?"ll obviously be a bit nervous but I just cana?'t wait to get down there._Ia?"ve been playing my club rugby with Cartha [Queena?'s Park] and Ia?"ve really been enjoying it there._Theya?"re a good bunch of guys and I think my game has been going quite well._Although we may not have gotten off to the best start this season, we picked up our game and had a good performance last week against top of the table Stirling County.a??The Glasgow Warriors team to play Saracens in the European Challenge Cup is as follows:15 Francisco Leonelli14 Rory Lamont13 Graeme Morrison12 Andy Henderson11 Thom Evans10 Dan Parks9 Graeme Beveridge1 Justin Vaa?"a2 Fergus Thomson*3 Euan Murray*4 Andy Newman5 Alastair Kellock CAPTAIN6 Andrew Wilson*7 John Barclay*8 John Beattie*Substitutes:16 Scott Lawson*17 Kevin Tkachuk18 Dan Turner19 Donnie Macfadyen20 Sam Pinder21 Ruaridh Jackson**22 Hefin Oa?"HareUnavailable for selection due to injury: James Eddie (ankle), Colin Gregor (thigh), Sean Marsden (hamstring), Mike Roberts (knee), Colin Shaw (ankle). The following National Academy players are being made available to play for their clubs this weekend: Willie Brown**, Jamie Hunter** (both Hillhead/Jordanhill), Moray Low** (Aberdeen GSFP), Colin White** (Ayr), Allan Kelly** (Glasgow Hawks), Calum Forrester** (GHA) and Ben Addison** (Stirling County) in the following fixtures: Aberdeen GSFP v Boroughmuir, Heriota?'s v Ayr, Glasgow Hawks v Melrose, Hamilton v Hillhead/Jordanhill, Biggar v GHA, Jed Forest v Stirling County. *Member of the Scottish Institute of Sport._**Member of the West of Scotland Institute of SportRUARIDH JACKSON (Glasgow Warriors and Cartha Queena?'s Park)Stand-off. Born: 12.2.88 in Northampton. Height: 5ft 11in (1.80m). Weight: 11st 11lb (74kg).Ruaridh James Howard Jackson represented Caledonia under-16 and North under-18 before being selected for the Scotland under-18 squad in season 2005-06. Playing for Robert Gordona?'s College, he kicked four conversions against Selkirk High School in the Royal Navy Schools Sevens final in 2006. In winning the competition with a 28-19 victory in that final, Robert Gordona?'s qualified to represent Scotland in the Four Nationsa?" Rugby Sevens in Portsmouth. Ruaridh also played a major part in helping the school 1st XV reach the final of the Bell Lawrie White Scottish Schools Cup in January 2006 and he is now a member of Scottish Rugbya?'s National Academy and the West of Scotland Institute of Sport. He has also played for Scotland at cricket as a member of the national under-17 team.