It’s not just among the playing staff that there have been changes for Glasgow. This season has seen a number of key personnel in the coaching and technical departments move on. Their contributions may not be as high-profile as the players on the pitch but they are just as vital and they have definitely earned the right to be celebrated as Once A Warrior Always A Warrior.
National teams have come calling for a couple of the club’s coaches. Jonathan Humphreys (forwards coach) has joined up with Wales. Mike Blair (part-time skills coach) has gone full-time with Scotland.
When lead performance analyst Gavin Vaughan left in 2017 he swapped jobs with Toby West who had been performing the same role for Scotland. Toby himself moved on from Glasgow during the season just past and Greg Woolard, who was Gavin’s assistant, is now the club’s lead performance analyst.
Strength and conditioning:
There’s been a complete turnover in the strength and conditioning department. Head of S&C Phil Healey relocated back to New Zealand in October to take up a job with the Blues. In February Franciso Tavares also moved home, to Portgual, for a gig with Sporting Lisbon. The third member of the S&C team that started the 2018/19 season, George Petrakos, left the club at the end of the campaign and now has his own consultancy (sparkintent.co.uk) as well as working with the Scotland team.
Medical and physio:
OTOTM missed Jonathan Hanson taking over from David Pugh as the team doctor on last year’s Once A Warrior so here’s the chance to say a belated thank you.. Nicola McGuire (lead physio and clinical manager) left at the end of the season after 12 years with the club – to run off and join the circus no less! The Warriors’ other physio, New Zealander Gabby McCullough, is another who has returned home after her time in Glasgow.