Once a Warrior 2017: Part 6 – Single Season Stints

Corey Flynn

Appearances – 14
Tries – 3

Debut – Connacht at the Sportsground, 3/9/16
Last game – Saracens at Allianz Park, 2/4/17

There was an early release for from his contract for Corey who was due to play another season in Glasgow. Having become the oldest man to appear for the Warriors in Europe though (36 years and 87 days,stat fans) and with over 300 professional games under his belt he might have felt it was time to rest those weary bones.

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Moved to – retired and heading home to New Zealand

Tjiuee Uanivi

Appearances – 5

Debut – Connacht at the Sportsground, 3/9/16
Last game – Ospreys at Liberty Stadium, 26/2/17

Tjiuee’s spell with the club was disrupted by injury which arrived, with most unfortunate timing, just as he had the opportunity to get some minutes under his belt. He did, however, manage to make a little bit of history during his short time at the club – coming off the bench for his debut against Connacht and becoming the 100th player to feature for Glasgow under head coach, Gregor Townsend.

Moved to – London Scottish

Langilangi Haupeakui

Appearances – 4

Debut – Treviso at Scotstoun, 28/10/16
Last game – Munster at Scotstoun, 2/12/16

Langi was an exciting prospect when he signed. A powerful ball carrier who liked to hit hard and definitely looked like he would be one to watch. He did his best to blast a few defenders but he wasn’t helped by not one but two incorrect yellow cards on his debut, both issued by David Wilkinson. Unfortunately the big man never seemed to settle and didn’t return from the USA after his Christmas break.

Moved to – unconfirmed but he recently showcased his talents in an outing for the USA Islanders in a friendly against Saracens in Bermuda

Nemia Kenatale

Appearances – 3

Debut – Treviso at Stadio Monigo, 31/12/16
Last game – Dragons at Scotstoun, 4/3/17

What’s not to like about a Fijiweegie scrum half playing for the Warriors? Nemia had to wait until Hogmanay to make his debut (where he did manage to start the move for the winning try) with the irresistible form of Ali Price and availability of Henry Pyrgos for a number of matches during the Test windows limiting the Flying Fijian’s opportunities.

Moved to – unconfirmed

Hagen Schulte

Appearances – 1

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

Hagen was a partnership player with Hawks but an early season injury put paid to his attempts to build his profile at Old Anniesland and only made it harder to make a case to push for a place in the Warriors’ ranks. A brief appearance off the bench against the Scarlets at least allowed him a chance to run out in the black and blue jersey.

Moved to – unconfirmed

Ruaridh Mackenzie

Ruaridh had put in some strong performances as a partnership player with Ayr when he was struck down with meningitis in December. Thankfully he recovered but the physical toll meant little chance of meaningful rugby this season. Our best wishes go with him along with hopes that he can return to 100% full fitness and maybe another chance to have a crack at pro rugby if he wants it.

Moved to – unconfirmed

There were a small number of players outwith the main squad who played for Glasgow last season but who won’t be (directly) attached to the club for the current campaign:

Many moons ago Rob McAlpine was an Elite Development Player with Glasgow. He finally got the chance to make his Warriors debut in 2016/17 after being called up from his club side, Ayr and featured well in 4 games during the early part of the campaign. He’ll still be with the pink and black next season.

Sam Thomson spent last season in the Scottish Rugby Academy after a spell with Perpignan in France. He put in a creditable performance after being called off the bench early on in the clash with Ulster. Sam is currently playing for the Warringah Rats (one of Gregor Townsend’s old clubs) in Australia’s Shute Shield.

Scotland under 20s’ talented skipper, Callum Hunter-Hill, made one substitute appearance for the Warriors, away to Zebre, before being tempted by the dark side – he will be part of Richard Cockerill’s Edinburgh squad for 2017/18.

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