At least part of the Six Nations Championship will be missed by FRASER Brown due to the neck injury that has held him out of action in recent weeks. In the game against Scotland, the Glasgow hooker picked up the injury and while the Warriors originally thought he would be out only for a week or two, Danny Wilson announced yesterday [Wed] that he would be out for longer.
The head coach said of his co-captain, “Fraser has a neck injury that I’ll be able to say more about on Friday,” He wants a few more results to get in.
Sadly, however, he might be out a little longer than we had planned. We’re going to have to wait before we have a bit more information about how long he’s going to be down.
Wilson has limited choices ahead of Saturday’s PRO14 game against Edinburgh with other regulars such as Adam Hastings and Tommy Seymour still out through injury. However, Richie Gray continues to make progress and should be available. While Leone Nakarawa’s game at Murrayfield comes too soon, the Fijian has already returned to training with the squad.
The fact that there were no further Covid tests after the four positive ones earlier this month is more good news for Glasgow. On Saturday, one of those four unidentified players would be able to play against Edinburgh as he has no symptoms, and most of the 16 players who had to separate themselves at the same time are still qualified to play.
The other three who tested positive, however, would miss the game at Murrayfield, as will three other players who had to separate themselves for the second time. “After they tested positive, we had a few guys who were pretty sick,” Wilson said. “One had no symptoms and three were pretty banged up.”
“For 20 days, three others did not practice. They had almost double isolation because when they were exposed to another near contact, there was a second occurrence after they came out of the first one. And the three of them live together, so they had to be separated again.
Unfortunately, Covid, to say the least, has caused us a few problems. Yet there are no other positive people or other sick people right now.
“We’ve had a reasonable week so far,” the coach continued, referring to the return to training of most players who had to separate themselves after their participation in the game against Exeter in the Champions Cup. It’s hard to come from a long period of time where they were locked in apartments and not allowed to drive, not allowed to take any weights out.
There was a ten-day stretch where 24 of them couldn’t do anything at all, or whatever it was. That means that you must slowly get them back in. The first training session was the day before Christmas Eve, and they had a little bit of time they needed, especially mentally, over Christmas.
“They came back to train for a week and prepare for the game in Edinburgh. It was a gradual build-up, which is important for the players’ safety after not doing anything for a while.”
Aside from the recovery of Covid, this week’s real good news for Glasgow was the decision of Scott Cummings to sign a new deal and stay at Scotstoun. After the announcement that Adam Hastings would leave at the end of this season, the Warriors needed that kind of boost, and Wilson indicated that more re-signings or new signings, or probably both, would be finalized and confirmed shortly.
He said of Cummings’ new deal, “It’s a great story and good news, and there’s more to come,” Early next week, I’ll have plenty to talk about it as we make another announcement.
But there’s more good news, some signings for the future, and as they get through this difficult time, players see what the future will look like. And that’s what you want: you want players who, in the longer term, want to be here.