Final Call For Eddie

ImageHis performances for Glasgow earned James Eddie a place in the Scotland "A" squad for the internationals against Italy "A" and Ireland "A" earlier this season, now talks to the guy who finds himself in the starting line-up for the Churchill Cup final in Chicago today.

Eddie has sampled the highs as well as the lows with Glasgow this year and one of those highs - the Heineken Cup win over Biarritz at Firhill - may now become his second favourite memory of the year if Scotland lift the title tonight.

"It's the first final I"ve been in during my career so it's exciting to be involved," he said basking in the Illinois sunshine.

"Although the win over Biarritz was one of the biggest highlights of my Glasgow career, this is different because you"re playing for your country.

"I didn't play as much as I would have liked in the two "A" internationals against Italy and Ireland, but everyone is getting a fair chance here and I"m really fired up for tomorrow's game."

Scotland started their campaign in Ottawa where they brushed aside co-host nation Canada in extreme temperatures - at least for the visiting team rather than the Canadians. The squad then travelled south to Kingston where a closely fought match against Argentina Pumas saw the Scots through to the final.

"I was pretty happy with my first game against Canada," he added, "I carried the ball well and functioned well in the lineout. However, I did struggle a bit in the heat.

'the second game was also ok, but now I just can't wait to play in the final."

His place in the starting XV for the clash against England Saxons at Toyota Park (home of the Chicago Fire football team), along with five other Warriors, is testament to Glasgow's season where they finished in their highest ever position in the Magners League and were pushing for qualification for the knockout stages of the Heineken Cup.

"Playing as much rugby as I have this season has given me the opportunity to prove myself.

"All the Glasgow guys have made a big impact on the tour; they"ve all played well and done their club and their city proud.

'the majority of the pack is from Glasgow, which makes it easier to adapt because you are familiar with those from your club. DT [Dan Turner] makes most of the calls in the lineout and Ferg [Fergus Thomson] is the one throwing the ball in so the communication is very good."

ImageNow in Chicago, James is sharing a room with one of the players of the tournament, Rob Dewey. However, the arrangement has yet to benefit Eddie.

"I"m rooming with Rob Dewey this week and he still hasn't opened his bottle of champagne from his man of the match performance against Argentina. Let's hope he's feeling generous after the final."

As well as the hard part of touring, Eddie has managed to get some free time to explore his surroundings.

"We had a couple of days off after the second game so I took a road trip to Toronto with DT, Ed Kalman, former Glasgow player Stuart Corsar and a few others.

"We saw Niagra Falls and went up the CN Tower, both of which were great experiences. It was also good to switch off from rugby for a short while before arriving Chicago and getting things going again."

In addition to the benefits of being involved in such a competition, Eddie admits that it has also been good to work alongside scrum-half Mark McMillan who joins the Warriors this summer.

"I"ve been very impressed with Mark. He"ll add a real edge to our attack and increase the competition at scrum-half, which is already very high because Budgie [Colin Gregor] and Sam [Pinder] are playing so well.

"He's a top guy and he talks very passionately about coming back to Glasgow so I"m positive he"ll make a big contribution to Glasgow next season.

"He also seems to be the best shopper on the tour. He's visited the mall a few times and he did some damage at the stores in Chicago so at least he"ll look the part!"

James will be a Warrior next season and so should you. Season tickets for the 2008/09 campaign are now available with prices frozen for adults, remaining at _150, a saving of _65 compared to buying tickets for individual games. That's the equivalent saving of four free games!

A new structure has been implemented for concessions and under-18s.
The concession ticket will be available to students and OAPs, priced at _80, with supporters under the age of 18 getting to see 13 games of top-flight professional rugby for only _30, the equivalent of just _2.30 per game.

In addition to the new season ticket pricing, Warriors fans will also receive additional benefits.

Firstly, season ticket holders will be able to attend the pre-season friendly against Bristol on Friday 22 August and the away Magners League fixture against Edinburgh at Murrayfield free of charge.
Also included is the opportunity to attend a Partick Thistle league game at Firhill absolutely free (more details of this offer will follow in due course).