Horne ready to royally entertain on Scotstoun return

Horne ready to royally entertain on Scotstoun return

His last start saw him score a memorable hat-trick in Shizuoka as Scotland ran out convincing winners against Russia – now George Horne is raring to go ahead of his return to Scotstoun.

The 24-year-old will make his first Glasgow Warriors appearance of the new season, having been named alongside fellow returning Scotland international Adam Hastings in the starting XV.

Despite the weather being decidedly chillier than what was experienced in Japan, Horne admits that he’s enjoying being back in familiar surroundings.

“I’m quite glad to be back in the cold to be honest – I was getting sick of the heat!” quipped the scrum-half.

“It’s really good to be back home, in all seriousness. I was off last week and did a bit of training on my own, but I’ve been back in properly this week and really enjoying it.

“I went back down to Howe of Fife last weekend and had a good catch up with everyone down there as well. They beat Perthshire last weekend too – they’re going really well at the minute, which is great to see.”

After reaching last season’s Guinness PRO14 Final at Celtic Park – en route to which Horne helped himself to nine tries – it’s been a slow start to the 2019/20 campaign for the Warriors, yet the livewire number nine is fully dialled in ahead of his return to action in a Glasgow shirt.

“I can’t wait to get back into the thick of it,” he said.

“I’m delighted to be back playing for Glasgow – I have a lot of fun playing here, and I’m excited to get out there tomorrow night.

“The results haven’t been going our way, but it’s been really good to see the young boys like Jamie Dobie and George Thornton coming through and making their mark on the squad.

“Nick [Frisby] and Jamie have done really well, in my opinion – they’ve performed really well so far this season.”

A first visit to Glasgow since 2017 by the Southern Kings will provide the Warriors with their next test in the Guinness PRO14, as Dave Rennie’s squad returns to Scotstoun for their first home fixture in three weeks. After suffering defeat in Port Elizabeth last season, Horne is under no illusion as to what is required tomorrow night.

“We know we’ve got a few wrongs to right from last year, as well as from our performances at the start of this season,” said the scrum-half.

“We’re going to be heading out there and looking to put in a good performance in front of our fans.

“For me, I’ve got a bit more experience now and I just want to play as well as I can and hopefully get a good run of games starting with tomorrow night.

“We know that we’ve got to step it up and start closing the gap to the leaders in our conference, and that should bring out the best in us. We just want to get out and show what we’re capable of."

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