Wilson I am not concerned about - Townsend was effectively 'unknown' as a top level coach when he took the job and there were plenty of doubters who thought it was SRU cronyism. Young/inexperienced coaches need their first chance at a top job somewhere. He has served a long apprenticeship, it's time for him to try the next level.Caley_Red wrote:I'm generally a bit concerned about Glasgow: I think most would agree that Wilson is a substantial step back from Rennie (in terms of his achievements and reputation). Further, the club have bled many of their best players over the last few years and appear to be getting no business done. Front five is excellent and 9 through 13 looks decent but outside that, it's pretty threadbare.Alba wrote:First Glasgow signing announcement of the Wilson era and it's a resigning - Turner on a 2 year deal. A good bit of business IMO, Brown will retain the number 1 position for a while yet but Turner should start to challenge for the top spot over this contract.
With Brown already 31 it is extremely unlikely he will make the next World Cup. McInally will be 33 by the next one so he may also be a doubtful inclusion. On that basis, we very much need some more depth in the position. We could really do with Turner and at possibly one other (Ashman looks like he has a real chance) really stepping up and gaining some international experience over the next 3 or 4 years.
Hope I am wrong and they get some good signings through the Summer period but I am not convinced about Wilson at all. Anyone able to assuage these fears or, at the very least, paint a positive outlook?
I do agree that they are short particularly at fullback (Bryce their own recognised proponent who is not an U20) and to a lesser extent at wing. The first and second choice wing options (Seymour, Steyn/Tagive; Jones, Niko) are fine for Pro14 level at least on paper, but they are ageing and if there are no replacements this year next year will be very short.
At lock it is hard to say if they are short or not until it is known if McDonald and Nakarawa are staying. Cummings, Gray, McDonald and Naka plus 1/2 youngsters (and Harley when required) is a good group. Take out McDonald and Naka and it is very short.
At back row the same is true. First a second choice back rows are good, and having Naka available also provides a further option taking total capable back row numbers to 9. Add in a couple of younger players and they should be set.
In many respects both Edinburgh and Glasgow will have to be cyclical, going through periods of bringing through new youth players effectively en-mass. Each time either is successful there will be a bleed of players to the French and English leagues (although this may lessen with current financial restrictions). Glasgow have been through one of these cycles already and now need to rebuild. Edinburgh have not yet been through one cycle and are currently in my opinion peaking. Over the next few years the top Edinburgh players will start to be attracted away (and the best club players will retire) and they will also go through the process Glasgow currently are of rebuilding. The nature of the SRU system and how 'shallow' it is will make persistent success far more difficult than for a team like Leinster who have a far deeper pool to draw from.