After a very strange 2019/20 season it’s time to get back into it for the marathon sprint that will be the 2020/21 campaign. An unconfirmed final structure for the PRO14 (that’s only 12 for the time being). A one-off layout for the Champions Cup. Endless amounts of clashes with international fixtures. And all leading in to a Lions tour next summer.
So how is the Glasgow Warriors’ squad that is going to tackle this season like no other shaping up? Time for a first detailed look at the ‘Official’ On Top Of The Moon Depth Chart for 2020/21.
(For a look at last campaign’s Depth Chart click here.)
Here is the full OTOTM Depth Chart for Glasgow 2020/21 (click for large version):
Main squad facts and figures
- There are currently 44 full-time pros in this year’s squad (including 3 players – Johnny Matthews, Sean Kennedy and Glenn Bryce – who are signed up until at least the end of 2020).
- There currently no confirmed Partnership players and 14* Scottish Rugby Academy stage 3.
- That compares to 51 + 2 + 14 post-RWC last season.
- Overall the Warriors’ full-time squad averaged 50 players during 2019/20.
- The club also made use of short-term loans and contracts to provide cover last season. Glenn Bryce and Johnny Matthews both initially joined as emergency World Cup cover before being kept on for the remainder of the campaign. While 14 other players trained with the squad at various points during 2019/20, props Ewan Mcquillin and Dylan Evans were the only ones to get game time for the club.
- The squad is marginally older with the average age now standing at 26.9 compared to 26.8 last year.
- The average for the first team is 27.4 v 27.3.
- There are 10 players over the age of 30 at the start of the season. That’s slightly down from 11 last year.
- There are 10 players aged 23 and under at the start of the season (2019/20 – 13)
- Leone Nakarawa is the oldest player in the squad at 32 years and 8 months. Winger Lee Jones is next in line at 32 years and 3 months.
- Jamie Dobie (19 years and 4 months) is full year younger than anyone else in the main squad – Rufus McLean (20 years and 7 months) is next youngest.
- There are 26 capped players (22 Scots and 4 others) with 615 Test caps among them.
- That’s a decrease from last season when there were 30 capped internationals in the main squad of 51 players (25 Scots and 5 others). That group had a combined 556 caps .
- The players have a total of 2,442 Warriors appearances behind them.
- They include 8 Warrior Centurions who account for almost exactly half (1,227) of the previous matches played for the club.
- Ahead of the season starting there are just 3 players in the main squad who have yet to make their Warriors’ debuts – Hamish Bain, Jale Vakaloloma and Rufus McLean.
- Zander Fagerson (93 appearances) could well reach Centurion status during the coming campaign. Ali Price (88) is also within range. Both men’s seasons will be heavily impacted by international call-ups and required rest periods though.
- 18 (compared to 22 last year) of the main squad have progressed directly from the Scottish Rugby Academy or its predecessor, Elite Development Player contracts (41% of current full-time players – 43% last season).
- Of the remaining players:
- 5 came from Super Rugby;
- 5 from other PRO14 clubs (Ulster and Edinburgh x4);
- 4 from the Gallagher Premiership;
- 1 from the Top 14
- And there were 11 ‘others’ (Heriots, Fijian Drua, Boroughmuir, Hull, Nice, Brisbane City, Moseley, Scotland 7s x2 and Eastern Suburbs. Leone Nakarawa was unattached when he rejoined Glasgow although his previous club was in the Top 14).
- 8 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 – 5 of 24 players in the main squad are not eligible to play for Scotland (21% – the equivalent figure was 23% last season).
- Backs – 2 of 20 players are not Scots qualified (10% – compared to 19% in 2018/19).
- Total – 7 of 44 players (16%). Last season 11 of 51 (22%).
- Nationalities – 5 in total (2019/20 – 7)
- 37 players – Scottish (or Scottish-qualified).
- 4 players – Fijian.
- 1 player each – Argentinian, New Zealander, South African.
* This should be 15 however the final slot for this group still has not been confirmed.
The status of back rower, Bruce Flockhart, has not yet been confirmed. His previous contract expired at the original scheduled end of the 2019/20 season. There has been no announcement either about Bruce leaving the club or having his contract extended. He is currently included on the squad page of the club’s official website, however in the absence of any available confirmation he has been omitted from the Depth Chart and squad statistics noted above.