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.
The Welsh Rugby Union is forming a new Youth Board with a brief to help keep more young people involved in the game during their late teenage years and beyond. The first task of the fifteen strong Board will be to analyse and consider the issues which lead to a number of youngsters drifting away from the sport between the ages of 16 and 21. To apply visit www.wru.wales/youthboard
The Foster's Challenge Cup will involve the 12 Principality Premiership sides and will run during European and British & Irish Cup weeks, providing vital fixtures for the participating clubs and an opportunity for upcoming players to step up to semi-professional rugby and make a claim for starting places within the Premiership squads.
Eighty schools and colleges in Wales now have a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub scheme. All of the school club hub officers recently gathered at the National Centre of Excellence for various workshops.
With Liam Williams forced out of the World Cup through injury, lock Luke Charteris and Skills Coach Neil Jenkins say they have to put yesterday's defeat behind them as Wales now look ahead to another physical encounter against South Africa in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
WRU Consultant Head of Physical Performance Paul Stridgeon praises the Physical Performance department for their work and dedication as he addresses the media ahead of Wales' Pool A clash against Australia
Twelve young people have been selected to follow a one year WRU Coach Core apprenticeship programme. Coach Core was set up by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry as part of the Olympics legacy in 2012 and the Duke of Cambridge was on hand to meet the apprentices on their first day in the job. The programme has been funded by the Hunter Foundation.
The WRU has launched a campaign to create a long term legacy for Welsh club rugby by highlighting the advantages of volunteering. Rhian Edwards, a volunteer at Seven Sisters, has enjoyed many benefits of her volunteering at a grassroots rugby club including being part of the Rugby World Cup volunteer workforce after being nominated by the WRU - and the WRU is asking for more people to develop their 'Welsh rugby roots'.