Gordon Simpson could well be back in Glasgow's squad for the Welsh/Scottish
League match against Neath at Hughenden on Friday.
Richie Dixon, Glasgow's head coach, said this afternoon that the Scotland flanker was "much more optimistic" after training today.
If Simpson is back in the team it will be his first appearance since he damaged an ankle during Glasgow's Heineken Cup win against Northampton at
Firhill on 4 January. That was Glasgow's last home match, but they have not played at their usual Hughenden base since their Heineken Cup victory over Cardiff in early November ... more than four months ago.
Two other Scotland caps, Andy Nicol, Glasgow's captain, and Gordon Bulloch,
are ready to return against Neath. So is Tommy Hayes, whose thigh knock
prevented him from playing the second half of the match against Newport at
Rodney Parade last Saturday. Nicol was left out of the XV against Newport
because of a throat infection, though he travelled to be among the stand-by
substitutes, and Bulloch was rested from that match, which Glasgow lost by
5-55. The coach said that the hooker was feeling the benefit of the rest.
Gareth Flockhart may be fit to be considered for a recall after a groin
strain. But Steve Griffiths, who, like Hayes, did not play the second half
at Newport, will miss the Neath match. Richie Dixon said that the lock had
"not had quite enough time" to recover from his knee injury.
Michael Bartlett is still doubtful whereas as Jon Steel and Roland Reid are
not yet ready ... after respective thigh, shoulder, and knee injuries.
Friday's match against Neath will kick off at 7.30pm.
Porthcawl recently received a WRU facilities grant and funding from Natwest RugbyForce in order to give their changing rooms a facelift. This came after receiving £10,000 in a WRU facilities grant last year to tarmac their car park. The improvements have already helped to make the club more accessible, not only for their own members and players but for the whole community.
The Welsh Rugby Union has launched a new, accredited Safeguarding and Protecting Children course - funded by the WRU and delivered in partnership with Sport Wales and the NSPCC - fo rugby club volunteers around Wales.
The SWALEC semi-final draws threw up some mouth-watering clashes in the Cup, Plate and Bowl as the 12 teams aim for the Millennium Stadium Finals Day. All the semi-finals are to be played on the weekend of April 12.
Welsh whistler Rhys Thomas continues to scale the heights of the game as he prepares to be an official in this weekend's Hong Kong Sevens tournament, undoubtedly the showpiece event on the World Series calendar.
Wales International Ian Evans and Wales and Lions legend Scott Quinnell swapped rugby balls for paint pots at Tonna during the RBS 6 Nations. They surprised club players with a special clubhouse makeover to launch NatWest RugbyForce 2014 - a programme developed in partnership with the WRU to make rugby clubs stronger businesses by improving and renovating their facilities with the support of volunteers and the local community.
Fresh from claiming the Bowl honours in Tokyo last Sunday, the Wales Sevens squad have settled into their routine as they prepare for this weekend's Hong Kong tournament where Iolo Evans is aiming high, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers.
The Welsh Rugby Union has recently teamed up with Prostate Cymru to help the charity launch its latest campaign to raise awareness of the disease. Members of the Wales squad helped produce a short video and promotional material for the campaign titled 'The Best Defence - is to know the FACTS'.