Glasgow squad analysis – Depth Chart 2016/17

With just under half of the regular season completed and nearly every fit Glasgow Warrior having had a chance to take to the field, now seems an opportune time for a look at the ‘Official’ On Top Of The Moon Depth Chart for 2016/17. Even without a World Cup this campaign has seen Glasgow go deep into their reserves and make ever greater use of the Scottish Rugby Academy (SRA) players allocated to them. The biglyness (© D. Trump) of the group available to Gregor Townsend will be crucial right through to the summer.

For OTOTM’s early season analysis of the top 30 players in the current Warriors’ squad head here *. For a look at last campaign’s Depth Chart click here.

So without further ado here is the full OTOTM Depth Chart for Glasgow 2016/17 (click for large version):


Main squad facts and figures:

  • There are 37 capped internationals in the main squad of 48 players (28 Scots and 9 others)
  • The players have a total of 2,387 Warriors appearances behind them (as at 12/12/16)
  • They include 10 Warrior Centurions who account for just under half (1,168) of the previous matches played for the club.
  • There are 19 players in the squad who combined have played fewer games for Glasgow than the man with the most appearances, Robert Harley (147 matches)
  • The average age of the squad is:
    • Forwards 26.2 (2015/16 – 25.4)
    • Backs 26.9 (2015/16 – 25.7)
    • All 26.6 (2015/16 – 25.7)
  • The average age of the possible first choice XV is:
    • Forwards 27.0 (2015/16 – 26.3)
    • Backs 25.9 (2015/16 – 24.1)
    • All 26.5 (2015/16 – 25.3)
  • 16 of the main squad have progressed from the SRA or its predecessor, Elite Development Player contracts (33% of current full-time players)

Players used 2016/17

  • 49 players have had game time so far this season (2015/16 – 53 players)
  • 40 of the main squad, 7 SRA players and 2 club players (Rob MacAlpine of Ayr and Stirling County’s Adam Nicol) have featured (2015/16 – 47 main squad, 5 SRA, 1 RWC cover)
  • Jarrod Firth, Scott Cummings, Hugh Blake, Adam Ashe, Nemia Kenatale, Fraser Lyle, and Richie Vernon are the full time squad members who have yet to play in this campaign.
  • 15 players have made their debuts – 6 main squad, 7 SRA and 2 club players (2015/16 – 19 debutants)


  • First choice players account for 42% of all match appearances this campaign – only a slight increase from last year (2015/16 – 38%). The reduction in matches in the international window from 6 last season to 3 in this one is better reflected in the proportion of starts made by front line players – 59% v 49%.
  • Second choice players 29% (2015/16 – 29%)
  • Squad players 20% (2015/16 – 24%)
  • Other players 9% (2015/16 – 4%)
  • SRA players have made 5 starts and 15 substitute appearances already this season (7 starts and 19 subs last year)

Not Scottish Qualified

  • Forwards – 9 of 26 players in the main squad are not eligible to play for Scotland (35%)
  • Backs – 5 of 22 players (23%)
  • Total – 14 of 48 players (29%). Last season 9 of 51 (18%)
  • Nationalities – 11 in total (2015/16 – 7)
    • 34 players – Scottish
    • 2 players each – American, Australian, Italian, New Zealander
    • 1 player each – Canadian, English, Fijian, Namibian, Samoan, Tongan

* Updates from the original Top 30 analysis to the latest version:

Ryan Wilson is in the form of his life and has pushed past Josh Strauss to be the main man at number 8.

Ali Price has cemented his place as Henry Pyrgos’ deputy – and after the win over Racing may soon be putting Henry under pressure for the top job!

Peter Horne has primarily been deployed at 10 and is undoubtedly the first choice to back up Finn Russell.

Pete is also more than likely first reserve at 12 – but he’s only featured there once for Glasgow this season whereas Sam Johnson has been named at inside centre on 9 occasions already.

Rory Hughes often appears to play the game like a young Sean Lamont and he had overtaken the veteran calendar model prior to being struck down with a knee injury.

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