Bryce enjoying Scotstoun return

Bryce enjoying Scotstoun return

Scotland 7s international Glenn Bryce is enjoying his return to life at Scotstoun, having been reunited with some familiar faces during the summer so far.

The 28-year-old is one of six Scotland 7s caps to have been drafted into Glasgow Warriors’ pre-season preparations, with the squad currently shorn of a host of players due to international commitments.

For Bryce, who was a fully-fledged member of the Glasgow squad during the 2015 Rugby World Cup alongside current team-mate Robbie Fergusson, the experience has been one he is enjoying to the fullest.

“It’s been really good to be back,” he said.

“It was a bit strange coming back in here at first to be honest, but there are a lot of familiar faces around and it’s been great. I’m really enjoying it.

“My brother [former Glasgow Warriors hooker Kevin] always spoke incredibly highly of the club when he was here over the last few years and I’m delighted to be involved back here again.”

Having made his debut for the club against the Scarlets in Llanelli back in November 2014, the Alloa native went on to score six tries in 19 appearances for the Warriors before making the switch to Edinburgh in the summer of 2016.

Yet it is with the 7s setup that Bryce has made the biggest impression of his career to date, helping Scotland to back-to-back London 7s titles in 2016 and 2017 as well as representing his country at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast.

“I’d say I wasn’t in the best place when I left Edinburgh,” said Bryce.

“Getting involved with the 7s squad under John Dalziel really got me back to enjoying my rugby again, though – it was a great step for me.

“The year that’s just gone by has seen me get my confidence back up, so getting the call to come into Scotstoun for pre-season was just at the right time for me.”

A lot has changed since the full-back’s last run-out for the club, including the arrival of Dave Rennie as head coach. Both on and off the pitch, however, the Glasgow mentality is more than recognisable to Bryce.

“It’s obviously change slightly with new players and coaches having come in and so on, but it’s still very much the same mentality,” he said.

“It’s the type of game that I want to play – the high-tempo rugby that Glasgow play is the same style of play that 7s is all about.

“The early mornings and travelling through to Scotstoun are tough, but getting through here for some breakfast and a bit of craic with the boys is a great start to the day.

“Leaving wasn’t an easy decision in the slightest, but I’m loving being back.”

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