Kellock Era Dream Team – Centres

Outside centre
Mark Bennett
(34 games, 11 tries)

Mark Bennett was so nearly the one that got away. An early appearance in the first team wasn’t enough to convince the Cumnock native that his future lay in Scotland’s first city. An unfortunately timed injury hampered his progress at Clermont and the French side’s loss was the Warriors gain as he returned to Scotland with every intention of proving himself. Playing the wider centre’s role has given Mark the freedom to exploit gaps, defensive systems and use his acceleration to score and create a number of crucial tries for Glasgow – a talent he’s reproduced on an even higher stage with the national side. At only 23 he has established himself as first choice 13 for the club and topped and tailed the most recent season with appearances in the Rugby World Cup (where his try so nearly took Scotland to the semi-final) and the Olympics (picking up a well-deserved silver medal).

Inside centre
Alex Dunbar
(69 games, 7 tries)

Comfortable at 12 or 13, Alex Dunbar has grown into his leading role with the Warriors over a number of seasons. A player who has sneaked up on many people, he is now mentioned when discussions take place about the leading centres in the Not The Heineken Cup (Sponsored By Heineken). Forming successful partnerships with both Peter Horne and Mark Bennett (and with both alliances having the happy knack of being even more than the sum of their parts) he has been a vital cog in unleashing the Warriors attacking threats and equally essential to their miserly defensive record. A number of his early appearances for Glasgow came on the wing as the coaches eased him into the squad and it took him a little while to find his feet but since 2012/13 he has been one of the first names on the teamsheet.

Only players who featured during the Kellock era were considered. Voting was by the members of the forum. All stats relate only to the period 2006-2015 when big Al was leading the Warriors.

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