International stars keen for return to Scotstoun - Murray
Glasgow Warriors assistant coach Kenny Murray says the club’s returning internationals are itching to get back to business for the club, as the squad prepares to return to Scotstoun to face the Isuzu Southern Kings on Friday night.
Having been rested following their Rugby World Cup exertions, a host of Scotland squad members will be available for selection for the first time this season as the Warriors return to Glasgow for their first home match in three weeks.
“Some of the international boys trained last week, and some more have come back in this week,” confirmed Murray.
“We’ve got guys like the Horne brothers, George Turner and Adam Hastings who will come back into contention this weekend, and then another group of guys who had a lot of game time out in Japan that will come back in next week.”
Indeed, Glasgow’s longest-serving coach underlined the eagerness with which the club’s international stars have returned following their break.
“The guys coming back in have been desperately keen to be back in and get back out there,” said Murray.
"Some of the guys who aren’t available for another week like Sam Johnson are already back in doing a bit of work with us, and guys like DTH and Adam [Hastings] were in training last week despite not being involved. They’re really eager to get back out there in a Glasgow shirt.”
The Warriors will be looking to return to winning ways on Friday night, with the Kings making their first visit to Scotstoun since 2017. Despite a winless start to the campaign thus far, Murray is under no illusions as to both the improvements required from the Warriors and the challenge posed by the men from Port Elizabeth.
“I’ve been doing a lot of work previewing the Kings, and their attack has been excellent this season,” said Murray.
“They’ve scored 10 tries already this year, and they attack well off the lineout. They scored 30-odd points at the weekend, so we know it’ll be a tough game.
“We’re going to have to be at our best defensively, because they carry a lot of threats across the park.
“We’re not looking for any excuses about guys being away at the World Cup or anything – we didn’t play as well as we needed to on Saturday, simple as that. We want to put that right this week.”