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Vernon happy to be back in Glasgow

Glasgow Warriors will kick-off their new season against Cardiff Blues at Scotstoun Stadium on the weekend of 6/7/8 September. The team will be playing in front of a record number of season ticket holders next season, with more than 2,000 already snapped up and on the pitch there will be a number of new signings, such as Richie Vernon, who is returning to Glasgow after a two-year spell at English Premiership side Sale Sharks.

The 25-year-old Scotland internationalist spent four years at Glasgow before moving south in 2011 but says the lure to come back and join Gregor Townsend’s squad was too much to resist. He said: “It feels great to be back, in a lot of ways it feels like I’ve never left. Not too much has changed but it’s good to be back and I’m excited to be here. “I have some unfinished business at Glasgow, having spent four years here the last time it feels like my hometown club. “I’d like to be successful here. It was a really exciting prospect to be able to come back and I’m glad I’ve had the opportunity to do that.” Vernon’s old club Sale Sharks spent most of last season battling to survive in the Aviva English Premiership and he admits that although he was delighted that the Warriors reached the RaboDirect PRO12 play-offs, he was also slightly jealous when he was keeping an eye on their progress. “I was a bit jealous last year because Sale didn’t go quite as well but it was great to see Glasgow doing well and it was good to see their results. “I’ve been keeping up as much as I can and they’ve been playing a really good brand of expansive rugby and just looking at the

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amount of tries they scored last year was really impressive and shows the sort of rugby they’re playing.

Having spent four years at

the Warriors before moving to the English Premiership Richie is in a good position to be able to compare the leagues and he feels the RaboDirect PRO12 is a very exciting league to be coming back to.

“Some of

the teams you play in the RaboDirect PRO12 are some of the best in the

world like Leinster and Ulster and the atmosphere you get there is brilliant as well. It’s an exciting league to be part of and with the way Glasgow have been performing it makes it an even more exciting prospect.” Glasgow Warriors have now moved their complete operation to Scotstoun Stadium in the west of the city and after a season of playing their games at their new home he feels it will help the club integrate with the local community.

He continued: “In my last year we trained at Scotstoun and even then I thought it was great to have weights and training at the same place but now to have everything in the same place is brilliant and it’s a great chance to build a home and a central community for Glasgow Warriors over the next few years.” For full details of Glasgow

Warriors fixtures for next season check out their website at www. and for all the latest news you can follow them on Twitter @GlasgowWarriors | 9

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