Glasgow squad analysis – Depth Chart 2018/19

Time for a first detailed look at the ‘Official’ On Top Of The Moon Depth Chart for 2018/19. The Warriors’ squad might not be 100% finalised, with a gap for a loosehead and the situation for the backup hookers not completely resolved, but it’s very much tinkering around the edges now.

For a look at last campaign’s Depth Chart click here.

Here is the full OTOTM Depth Chart for Glasgow 2018/19 (click for large version):

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Main squad facts and figures

Squad size:

  • There are currently 48 full-time pros confirmed for this year’s squad (including James Malcolm and Kevin Bryce on short-term deals and Lewis Wynne who is on loan at London Scottish but can be recalled if Glasgow need him).
  • There are also 2 Partnership players, 1 on loan and 11 SRA stage 3).
  • That compares to 43 + 1 + 0 + 13 that the club started last season with.
  • Richie Vernon was confirmed as part of the squad after the 2017/18 Depth Chart went to press; Niko Matawalu and Ryan Grant were late arrivals in the early part of the season; Matt Fagerson signed a pro contract during the campaign; and DTH van der Merwe was able to join up early after being signed for the 2018/19 season.
  • Overall the Warriors’ full-time squad averaged 46 players last season.

Age:

  • The squad is a little more experienced with the average age now standing at 26.2 compared to 25.6 last year.
  • The average for the first team is 27.5 v 26.2.
  • There are 6 players over the age of 30 at the start of the season – with another 3 hitting that milestone during September. That’s up from 4 last year.
  • Siosiua Halanukonuka is the oldest player in the squad (as he was last year) at 32 years and 1 month.
  • Matt Fagerson (20 years and 1 month) is the youngest player in the full-time squad. Bruce Flockhart, Robbie Nairn and Adam Nicol are all also younger than Scott Cummings who was the junior player at the start of last season.

Caps:

  • There are 32 capped players (25 Scots and 7 others) with 607 Test caps among them.
  • That’s a jump from September 2017 when there were 27 capped internationals in the main squad of 43 players with 449 caps (22 Scots and 5 others)

Appearances:

  • The players have a total of 2,399 Warriors appearances behind them.
  • They include 10 Warrior Centurions who account for more than half (1,294) of the previous matches played for the club.
  • Before the season started there were players in the main squad who had yet to make their Warriors’ debut. Nick Frisby was the only one to break his duck against Connacht at the weekend.
  • Rob Harley overtook Graeme Morrison’s club record for appearances last season. Big Bad Bob needs 16 more games to become the first man to 200 caps for the club.
  • Niko Matawalu is next in line to become a Warrior Centurion – he currently stands on 93 appearances. Jonny Gray could also join that exclusive group if he manages 13 more games this season.

Development:

  • 23 (compared to 21 last year) of the main squad have progressed directly from the Scottish Rugby Academy or its predecessor, Elite Development Player contracts (48% of current full-time players – 49% last season).
  • Of the remaining players:
    • 7 came from Super Rugby;
    • 6 from the Gallagher Premiership;
    • 5 from other PRO14 clubs;
    • And there were 7 ‘others’ (Moseley, Loughborough, Heriots, Waikato, Honda Heat, Hull and Utah Warriors).
    • 7 of the players who came to Glasgow from other clubs were involved in the EDP or SRA systems at some stage in their career.

Not Scottish Qualified:

  • Forwards – 6 of 27 players in the main squad are not eligible to play for Scotland (22% – the equivalent figure was 26% last season).
  • Backs – 6 of 21 players are not Scots qualified (29% – compared to 25% in 2017/18).
  • Total – 12 of 48 players (25%). Last season 11 of 43 (26%).
  • Nationalities – 9 in total (2017/18 – 8)
    • 36 players – Scottish (or Scottish-qualified).
    • 2 players each – American, Australian, New Zealander, South African.
    • 1 player each – Canadian, Fijian, Samoan, Tongan.

For previous analysis of Glasgow (and Edinburgh’s) recruitment click here.

For an off-season take on Glasgow’s Top 30 players click here.

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