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On the subject of the exciting announcement from Glasgow Warriors regarding the new sponsorship with Caledonia Best and the free bus to the 1872 Cup match in Edinburgh on the 29th December, The XVIth Warrior will no longer be running a bus to Edinburgh at this time. We have however worked with Glasgow Warriors to ensure that all those who have already booked a place on our bus will be guaranteed a place on the free bus run by the new sponsors and you will also be given a full refund. If the demand for spaces on the supporters' bus looks to be higher than the spaces available then we will aim to put on an additional service, although this will have a fee of £10. Full details here: http://www.glasgowwarriors.org/ We look forward to seeing you all at the game!
If you have any questions please contact either TheXVIthWarrior-BookMyPlace@Yahoo.com or Glasgow Warriors: firstname.lastname@example.org
Glasgow Warriors are looking for volunteers over the Winter period. If you are able bodied and would love to help your club then please let us know. You can either direct message @GlasgowWarriors on Twitter or you can contact us via TheXVIthWarrior-ImThere@Yahoo.com with your name and contact information, which we will pass on to the Glasgow Warriors. We will not use or retain your details for any other purpose. We like to lay claim to being the best supporters in the Rabo, so why don't we show those other clubs that come rain or shine, our dedication to Glasgow Warriors can not be matched! See you all Friday! The XVIth
Tough game to swallow; we made some considerable mistakes and it's telling when your full back & left wing spend the game trying to stay warm. We asked a lot of our EDP players and they did give their all. We recorded the pre game talk from Gus MacDonald & John Welsh and the post game analysis from Shade Munro.
It's almost that time of year when we look to play our ancient rivals to the East. We wanted to give you all a heads up to let you know that The XVIth Warrior will be putting on a bus to Murrayfield on the 29th December to take the Warrior Nation to face down The Black and Red army. Tickets are £10.00 return and the bus will leave from Waxy's Glasgow at 13:30 hrs. The bus will then leave Murrayfield at 19:00 hrs. Tickets for the bus can be bought by clicking on the TICKETS link on the right of the page. We anticipate a high demand so please book early to avoid disappointment. Limited seats will be available for sale on the 21st of December at the Scotstoun leg of the 1872 cup. Please bring the email confirmation as proof of purchase on the day.
Glasgow Warriors approach this game off the back of a very good run in the PRO12 having won their last five fixtures, although narrow losses in the European tournament have put a slight halt on their momentum.
The Dragons face this game hoping to bounce back after a heavy home defeat to table toppers Ulster. With only losing one player to international duty, the Dragons should have the continuity and depth in their squad to really challenge the Warriors.
Glasgow have lost numerous players to international call ups and injury which has left them very light in their backline, yet young Canadian star Taylor Paris will look to shine in his first appearance for his side.
Their pack meanwhile, despite being depleted, is still a very tough unit and with the effective Chris Fusaro in their backrow they will be looking to dominate the breakdown.
The forwards have been the Dragons’ Achilles heel this season and even against a weakened Glasgow pack, they will be up against it, particularly their front row.
The Dragons will need Robling and Evans to really step up and help secure them the ball at the breakdown, as the service scrum half Johnny Evans can provide to his backline is sublime and with danger runners in Dan Evans, Prydie and Chavhanga to bring into the game, if they get enough ball, they can pose dangerous out wide that Glasgow could struggle to contend with.
The visitors will have to target the breakdown and the inexperienced Glasgow half backs if they are to have a chance of disrupting the Warriors’ Pro12 form. Glasgow will need to keep the ball secure with their hardier forwards and punish the Dragons up front.
If the Warriors are able to get a larger share of possession, they should, especially with a solid centre partnership, have enough in their side to power to a win. The Dragons however have the men to cause the home side problems; it’s just whether or not their forwards can secure them enough clean possession to do so.
Referee: Marius Mitrea (FIR)
Glasgow: Peter Murchie, Tommy Seymour, Alex Dunbar, Troy Nathan, Taylor Paris, Scott Wight, Niko Matawalu, Gordon Reid, Dougie Hall, Mike Cusack, Tom Ryder, Tim Swinson, Rob Harley, Chris Fusaro (CAPTAIN), Josh Strauss Replacements: Finlay Gillies, Ofa Fainga’anuku, German Araoz, James Eddie, John Barclay, Ryan Wilson, Sean Kennedy,Peter Horne
Dragons: Dan Evans, Tonderai Chavhanga, Pat Leach, Ashley Smith, Tom Prydie, Lewis Robling; Jonathan Evans; Phil Price, Steve Jones, Nathan Buck, Ian Nimmo, Rob Sidoli, Lewis Evans (c), Nic Cudd, Tom Brown.
Replacements: Hugh Gustafson, Nathan Williams, Dan Way, Adam Jones, Jevon Groves, Liam Davies, Steffan Jones, Hallam Amos.
Thanks everyone who came along to the pub quiz! It was a fantastic atmosphere and though we thought we would have 6 players coming along, it seems that the Glasgow Warriors love a good quiz night as we ended up with no less than 9 players:
Left back L-R: Troy Nathan (GW), Chris Fusaro (GW),
Ed Kalman (GW)
Right back L-R: Graeme Morrison (GW), Gus Macdonald (GW), Rory Lamont (GW)
Left middle L-R:Craig Calmers (not that Craig Chalmers) (XVIth) Tim Swinson (GW),
Mike Cusack (GW)
Right middle L-R: Neil Macdougall (XVIth) , Mark Bridger (XVIth) Niko Matawalu (GW)
Front right L-R: Kat Hemphill (XVIth), Mary Williams (XVIth), Elena Soper (XVIth)
Also Head Coach Gregor Townsend and
several of the Glasgow Warriors coaching and support staff.
The Cup A Soups (pictured here with The XVIth Warrior Chairman Mary Williams) came in top and won the voucher for a meal at Waxy's Glasgow,
who kitted out the area fantastically, and as per usual served up some tasty nibbles to keep us going during the TWELVE ROUNDS!! Big thanks to the guys for sticking with it even though they did have to be up early for training for the game against Dragons on Friday.
Waxy's decked out The Guinness bar and made us feel right at home...a spooky cobweb filled home but a home none the less! The Halloween decorations were up but so were the Glasgow Warriors flags, and we were happy to share. Great touch guys!
A total of £103 pounds was raised and £20 will be donated to the Poppy appeal, the rest will go towards maintaining The XVIth Warrior.
Here are a few shots of the evening, sorry they are a bit shaky but it was pretty packed in there with 10 teams competing!
Back left: The Computer Geeks with Centre Graeme Morrison, Prop Ed Kalman, Flanker Chris Fusaro. Back left:Prop Mike Cusack, Centre/Stand Off Troy Nathan & Lock Tim Swinson. Front right: Waxy's Glasgow Manager Teresa, Glasgow Warriors Business Development Manager Fergus Wallace, Glasgow Warriors Media Manager Mark Palmer (peek a boo). Front left and two members of Jackass
Left: Cup a Soups. Centre The XVIth Warrior ATL Craig charmers and members of The Cideres and Guinness boy
The Cideres and Guiness Boy with The XVIth Warrior Treasurer Elena Soper far right
Glasgow Warriors Staff team, (who had a better name but we forgot...sorry!) Media Manager Mark Palmer, Marketing Manager Nicola Stergeon, Glasgow Warriors Head Coach Gregor Townsend and Waxy's Glasgow Manager Teresa
The Cideres and Guinness boy
LMC with Glasgow Warriors Scrum Half/Wing Niko Matawalu and Back Row Gus MacDonald
Lock Tim Swinson and Prop Mike Cusack left, Glasgow Warriors Media manger Mark Palmer
The Computer Geeks with Glasgow Warriors Prop Ed Kalman, Flanker Chris Fusaro & Centre Graeme Morrison
KEM with Glasgow Warriors Wing Rory Lamont, Centre Troy Natnan, Stand Off Troy Nathan (we are counting mirror Troy!)
Burns Unit on the Left and There is no I In Team America with Glasgow Warriors Prop Mike Cusack and Lock Tim Swinson
LMC with Glasgow Warriors Scrum Half/Wing Niko Matawalu and Back Row Gus MacDonald Thank you again everyone for attending, we know that the players and staff had a great time: Rory Lamont:
"I very much enjoyed everyone's company, and I am very confident
that everyone involved viewed it as a success.
We as a group of players, are very thankful for the immense support you give us all through the year."
Mark Palmer: "Thanks again for organising the event. It was great fun." We hope that you did too, and massive thanks to Waxy's Glasgow for helping us make it a really fabulous event! Looking forward to the next one! See you all Friday at Scotstoun The XVIth Warrior
Lets get The Warrior Nation to go With The Mo and Grow some daft facial hair in the name of charity. Movember is just around the corner. We have set up a XVIth Warrior Movember page so sign up there and let's see who can grow the best mop at the same time as raising money for a great cause. Ladies why don't you join in too? Get sponsored to wear a false (or real if you can grow one...) for a full day out and about! Every little helps and why should the boys have all the fun! We would love to see your progress or out and about photos and Mo of the week will go on all our networking sites!