Once a Warrior 2017: Part 5 – RWC Season Recruits (backs)

Grayson Hart

Appearances – 32
Tries – 1

Debut – Scarlets at Scotstoun, 5/9/15
Last game – Ospreys at the Liberty Stadium, 26/2/17

Grayson joined a pretty significant ex-Edinburgh enclave at the Warriors (Ryan Grant; Lee Jones; Hugh Blake; Mike Blair). He also set a trend that was to be followed by the likes of Taqele Naiyaravoro and Simone Favaro by copping a yellow card on his Warriors’ debut. After those early nerves he settled in well and during his first season he made more appearances than any other back (and was second only to Zander Fagerson in the entire squad).

The man from Kaitaia provided Glasgow with a more physical presence at 9 – although nothing quite to the level of his Edinburgh days, where he liked to protect his forwards from the opposition (and very nearly took crowd participation to a whole new level):

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(The whole of the incident that sparked Grayson’s ire is here.)

He was also a big contributor off the field and all round interesting guy with The New Flow podcast (co-hosted with Adam Ashe) and his website The Good life Movement proving there’s more to many of these players than just rugby.

Moved to – Ealing Trailfinders to team up again with the next man on the Once A Warrior list…

Rory Clegg

Appearances – 16
Tries – 1 (plus 21 penalties, 12 conversions and 1 drop goal)

Debut – Scarlets at Scotstoun, 5/9/15
Last game – Scarlets at Scotstoun, 10/2/17

Rory had an interesting couple of spells with Glasgow. He was signed up on a short-term deal as cover for the World Cup and helped guide an understrength Warriors’ group to home wins over Connacht and the Dragons and a losing bonus point at Thomond Park. His drop goal against Munster (the first for over 2 years for Glasgow) nearly proved to be the winning score before a little bit of inexperience in the side let the game slip away.

Rory returned early from a spell at Oyonnax to score all Glasgow’s points in a frankly miraculous win over Leinster.┬áRory hadn’t played for nearly 2 months and only arrived back in Scotland the day before the match at Scotstoun. The man of many clubs absolutely emptied himself over 80 minutes that night, fighting through exhaustion to help defend the winning position he had kicked the side into. A sporadic 2016/17 featured the twin highlights of scoring the clinching penalty (against Zebre) and the winning try (against Treviso) in this season’s Italian jobs.

Moved to – Ealing Trailfinders back in February

Junior Bulumakau

Appearances – 8
Tries – 3

Debut – Connacht at Scotstoun, 11/9/15
Last game – Ospreys at the Liberty Stadium, 26/2/17

Junior managed to collate a fair number of highlights in his short time with the Warriors. His first try for the club against the Dragons showed some great footballing skills and a poacher’s instinct.

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He would have enjoyed immensely scoring for Glasgow at the national stadium in the first leg of the 1872 Cup this season. It was at Thomond Park (that most unlikely of venues for a Glasgow player to shine!) that he put in his best performance though, beating 9 defenders and adding a couple of clean breaks for a showing that so very nearly helped the Warriors to a rare victory in Limerick.

Moved to – Doncaster Knights where he will have the opportunity to play alongside his brother, Andrew and also former Warrior, Jason Hill.

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