Revealed - your Team of the Decade
It was a decade that saw the club claim a maiden league title, reach the last eight of Europe’s premier club competition for the first time and play in front of 10,000 of the most passionate fans in the business at a sold-out Scotstoun – but who did you select in your Glasgow Warriors Team of the 2010s?
Over 30,000 votes were cast in our polls over the festive period, which saw the Warrior Nation choose their favourites in each position from loose-head prop to full-back.
A matchday 23 including 16 club centurions and 20 Scotland internationals is the result, so without further ado let’s take you through the Team of the Decade…
? Here it is then - your Glasgow Warriors Team of the Decade, as chosen by you!#WeAreWarriors
— Glasgow Warriors (@GlasgowWarriors) January 8, 2020
A close contest kicked off voting for the Team of the Decade, but in the end it was Gordon Reid that emerged as the people’s choice for the number one jersey by picking up 1,762 votes to claim his spot in the starting XV.
Fraser Brown packs down in the middle of the front-row, with 1,772 of you having voted the former Heriot’s man as your hooker.
A storming finish to 2019 underlined just how far Zander Fagerson has come in the latter half of the decade, with the tight-head having become a cornerstone of the Warriors pack since his debut in October 2014.
1,150 of you voted for the 23-year-old in the Team of the 2010s – could he also join Brown in the starting XV at the end of the next decade?
Leone Nakarawa was the most-popular choice amongst the Warrior Nation in the second-row poll, earning 992 votes in a close-fought contest.
The recently re-signed Fijian up alongside Jonny Gray in the engine room, the latter’s 921 votes meaning it’s the same second-row that started the 2015 Guinness PRO12 Final that packs down in our Team of the Decade.
With 225 caps to his name, Rob Harley was the overwhelming choice to start at blindside, with 1,068 of you selecting the club’s most-capped player in your starting XV.
Chris Fusaro eventually emerged victorious in a hotly-contested vote for the number seven jersey, seeing off Simone Favaro and Callum Gibbins in a decision that sparked much debate amongst the Warrior Nation on social media.
Completing the back-row is the unmistakeable beard of Josh Strauss, with the Scotland cap collecting 1,010 votes to start at number eight.
Another close contest at scrum-half eventually resulted in a victory for Chris Cusiter, whose total of 671 votes was ultimately enough to see off the challenge of current squad members Ali Price and George Horne.
2005 British and Irish Lion Cusiter starts inside 2017 British and Irish Lion Finn Russell, with the man from Bridge of Allan earning 1,809 votes to start at fly-half.
Alex Dunbar emerged as the clear winner amongst the Warrior Nation when they were asked to select an inside-centre, the Dumfries-born centre seeing off all challengers with 901 votes.
He starts alongside Olympic silver medallist Mark Bennett in the midfield, the Rio 2016 sevens star getting the better of Richie Vernon, Nick Grigg and Max Evans with 783 votes.
Another to recently re-sign for the club, Tommy Seymour was the most-popular choice amongst the shortlisted wingers as 783 of you chose the former Scotland flyer in your Team of the Decade.
Club record try-scorer DTH van der Merwe lines up on the other wing, with the Canadian – scorer of 52 tries for the club to date – receiving the nod from 766 of the voters.
Stuart Hogg completes the starting XV by taking the full-back shirt, earning 1,414 of the votes cast for the number 15 shirt.
The bench – comprised of players who were runners-up in their position – provides a snapshot of the club over the course of the last ten years, with current members of the squad mixing it with those who made their mark earlier in the decade.
Fergus Thomson’s total of 616 votes sees him claim the spot as reserve hooker, as Ryan Grant and Ed Kalman join him as the front-row cover.
With more caps as captain than any other player in club history, Al Kellock would provide a calm head late in a theoretical game for this team after finishing third in the second-row voting with 432, with John Barclay’s total of 527 votes the most of any non-selected back-rower.
Ali Price starts as the replacement scrum-half with 560 votes, whilst Pete Horne’s total of 474 sees him edge out Duncan Weir for a spot on the bench by just 20 votes.
The squad is completed by Argentinian full-back Bernardo Stortoni, who claimed the most votes of any non-selected back with 919 of you selecting him in your team.