“It’s going to be such a special atmosphere”
It's a cause close to the heart of Glasgow Warriors.
With the inaugural Plaster It Purple match at Scotstoun just over 24 hours away, club co-captain Ryan Wilson and returning British and Irish Lions pair Ali Price and Zander Fagerson sat down to tell us just how much the occasion means to the club…
“The boys have been up for this match for a while now. We’ve been talking about it in the changing room, because supporting the Children’s Hospital is something that we hold close to heart as a squad. It’s one of those extra incentives that we talk about going into each match and we’ll be using it as a motivating factor ahead of tomorrow night.
“Whenever we go into the hospital for one of our visits, we’re absolutely blown away by the incredible work the staff there do on a day-to-day basis. Anything that we can do to put a smile on the faces of the kids and their families, we’re more than happy to help however we can. We’ll be looking to do the same again this weekend when we step out on the pitch.
“Friday night at Scotstoun is such a special atmosphere – it’s one of my favourite places that I’ve played at in my entire career. Against Leinster, too, is always a massive occasion for us. We know the fans will be raring to go and up for it, and a packed-out Scotstoun is a feeling like nothing else.”
“I can’t wait for it. The Plaster It Purple initiative is such a brilliant cause, and being able to raise money and awareness for the charity at one of our biggest matches of the season is going to be an unreal occasion.
“There’s no bigger challenge in the league than Leinster, really. They’ve been the benchmark for the last few seasons, and we know we’re going to need to be at our best. We’ve been in good form at home, though – we haven’t lost at Scotstoun since about March I believe, and we’ve prepared well for the match.
“The last couple of years have been tough for everyone, but the team at the hospital have been absolutely incredible over that time. We love to get in and visit the kids and their families when we can – we obviously couldn’t do that last year, but having an occasion like Plaster It Purple dedicated to the charity and everything that the Children’s Hospital stands for is fantastic.
“It’s been a long time since we’ve played in front of a full house at Scotstoun, and the boys can’t wait. The energy the crowd brings gives the squad a real boost, and hopefully we can put in a performance that they’ll be proud of.”
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“It’s a massive occasion. For me, what the charity does for the kids and families in their care is nothing short of heroic. To have a game dedicated to them is awesome. I can’t wait to run out in front of the fans and pull on the purple shirt for the first time in the warm-up!
“The impact the charity has is incredible, and going in to visit them as a squad is always a really humbling experience round about Christmas time. You can sometimes get so caught up with everything that going in and seeing the kids is properly grounding. Seeing how happy they are just to see you makes everything worthwhile, and whatever we can do to spread some joy to them is an absolute privilege for us. The staff are unbelievable, and the boys really missed being able to get in and spread that cheer last year.
“Having been at the Japan match at BT Murrayfield back in June and then at our first two home games, I can’t wait to get out in front of the fans again. To be able to pull on the Glasgow jersey once more in front of friends and family, that’s something that can’t come quickly enough.”