v Leinster at Firhill. 3rd September 2010
v Edinburgh at Scotstoun Stadium. 2nd January 2016
Ryan is the third English-born member (after Andy Henderson and Ed Kalman) of the Centurions, a broad church that also incorporates players emerging from Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong.
He has the worst try scoring rate of any back row in the Townsend era, at around 3,200 minutes per try!
Only Josh Strauss and Rob Harley have made more appearances in the back row under Gregor Townsend.
Good things come in…fours?
Ryan is the third debutant from the season opening victory over Leinster in 2010/11 to reach the giddy heights of Centurion status. Rob Harley passed the 100 cap milestone last season and Ryan Grant brought up his ton just weeks ago. In fact they will hopefully soon be joined by a fourth man who played his first game for the Warriors that night – Henry Pyrgos has been stuck on 99 appearances since the Grand Final but as soon as his injury problems clear up he will surely reach his century in short order.
Ryan arrived from one of the most famous names in English rugby from the amateur era – Moseley – and joined up with a young side at the beginning of a rebuilding process that would set the foundations for the club to ultimately go on and win the Pro 12 Grand Final. He’s no Richie Vernon but Ryan has been one of the most flexible members of the squad and his ability to adapt and still put in strong performances has made him one of Gregor Townsend’s go to players in the back row.
What to ask Ryan
What are the main differences for you playing at 6,7 or 8?
What not to ask Ryan
That pony tail. What were you thinking?