Murray ready for whatever lies in store
As with most things in 2020, pre-season has been a bit different for Glasgow Warriors this year.
and a half weeks after their final match of last season, preparations are well
underway for the opening match of the 2020/21 campaign. Where there were
previously blocks of training across a 12-week period, there is now a short,
sharp turnaround ahead of next weekend’s trip to Connacht as the new season gets
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Yet for the
longest-serving member of the Glasgow Warriors coaching staff, the detail in
the preparation remains the same regardless of the turnaround.
pre-season has given us an opportunity to reinforce a lot of those messages,”
said Kenny Murray.
[Wilson] came in for the build-up to those Edinburgh games, he was clear about
what he was looking for in terms of game plan and his expectations. He hasn’t
waited to give clarity on that to both players and coaches, so that’s been
too difficult in the current situation to play any outside opposition in
friendlies, but obviously we have enough players at the moment for us to do 15
on 15 here. We’ve been doing specific contact sessions when we have been going
bone on bone, though. We did a bit of that last week and this week, and that
has been great for trying to replicate that game environment and physicality.”
Guinness PRO14 fixture list, released earlier this week, has already thrown up
a few eye-catching fixtures for fans across the league. For the Warriors, a
first foray into Monday night rugby against Leinster at Scotstoun at the
beginning of November is one of a handful of prime-time encounters, something
that Murray and the coaching team are already preparing for.
“It’s a bit
of a different season this year,” admitted the Glasgow assistant coach.
already sat down to talk about how each game week will look and there’s so many
more things to think about now. TV are playing a big role in determining when
we play and quite rightly, we need TV to support rugby.
“It will be
challenging in terms of travel too, as it’ll be something different for us to
deal with. We need to be flexible, though. It’s a different way of working but
an essential way of working.”
the concluding fixtures of the Guinness Six Nations and the new Autumn Nations
Cup on the cards over the next few months, Glasgow’s international contingent are
once again likely to be pulling on their respective national jerseys when
with a host of young talents coming through the ranks at Scotstoun, Murray
believes that the club is in good shape as next weekend’s clash begins to come
into full focus.
“I think it
was 2018/19 where we got 20 points during the international windows,” he said.
excellent. It showed how well the guys we had here played during those windows
and the depth we have.
guys back from Scotland as well, that’s been something we’ve had a good
relationship with Scotland in previous years. We need to trust the guys we’ve
got who will be playing here, too.
young guys coming through like Jamie Dobie, Stafford McDowall, Robbie Nairn and
guys like that, and we need to trust them and help them perform during the
getting on with the task in hand.”
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