Grigg eager for Ulster challenge
Glasgow Warriors centre Nick Grigg is keenly anticipating his side’s upcoming double-header against Ulster, following his return to Scotstoun ahead of the second block of pre-season.
The 26-year-old linked back up with his club-mates following his release from the wider Scotland training squad, with his focus now fully on next weekend’s trip to the Kingspan Stadium.
“It’s been a long pre-season for me, so I’m really keen to get back out there,” said Grigg.
“It’s good to catch up with all the familiar faces again – it feels like I’m back home again.
“There are also so many new faces! Everyone’s playing for their shirt, and a few boys have really put their hand up in training. Ultimately it’ll be the performances in the two Ulster games that’ll influence who gets the nod for the first spell of the season.”
Having made his debut off the bench against Leinster in March 2016, the New Zealand-born midfielder has made quite the impression at Scotstoun during the past three years. With nine caps for Scotland under his belt since his Warriors debut, Grigg is also quick to stress the impact the club has made on his game.
“It’s a big difference to where I was roundabout the last Rugby World Cup,” laughed Grigg.
“Back then I was playing club rugby back in New Zealand [for Petone] and it was more about throwing the ball around and generally just having fun.
“I’ve knuckled down a lot since coming here – I’ve improved my skills and my work rate around the park. It’s been awesome.”
Grigg and his fellow Warriors will be continuing to knuckle down as the intensity of Glasgow’s preparations builds ahead of the trip to Belfast in eight days’ time. Whilst the long-term goal for Dave Rennie’s side will be to go one step further than last year’s Guinness PRO14 performance, the focus is squarely on opening pre-season in the best possible style.
“The first step for us is making sure we’re in form and hit the ground running,” said Grigg.
“It’s going to be a big challenge for us, to have so many boys away for the first part of the season.
“We’ve got to make sure we put in the performances whilst they’re away, and that starts against Ulster next weekend.”