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Adam Ashe looks forward to Warriors v Northampton


Adam Ashe looks forward to Warriors v Northampton

Glasgow Warriors Number 8 Adam Ashe says he is raring to go ahead of his side’s pre-season fixture with Northampton Saints in Stirling, in what will mark Dave Rennie’s debut as the club’s head coach.

The Scotland international will be returning to a familiar setting later this month, having spent much of his childhood in the area.

Speaking to Warriors TV at the Wallace Monument in Stirling this morning, Ashe said: “I’m very much looking forward to it.

“It’s been a long pre-season and a lot of hard work has gone into it, so I think most of the guys are looking forward to the game now.

“It’s a great place to start our season, Stirling – I’m from just along the road in Alva, so it’s a place close to my heart and I’m looking forward to taking to the Bridgehaugh pitch once again.”

As a former Stirling County player, Ashe also admitted he is relishing the prospect of returning to his former stomping ground, having been denied the opportunity to face Canada ‘A’ in the City last season due to injury.

He said: “I came right through the age groups at County, so it’s going to be great to take the field again and hopefully see a lot of old faces and people I haven’t seen for a long time after the game.

Adam Ashe says he's looking forward to returning to Stirling with the Warriors

“It should be an exciting game, and hopefully I’ll be able to put in a good performance for them!”

Aviva Premiership heavyweights Northampton Saints will be the opposition for the Warriors, and, having previously faced the Midlanders in the European Champions Cup, Ashe is well aware of the test that lies in wait for his side.

“It’s going to be a difficult game,” said Ashe.

“Premiership teams always tend to be quite physical with good attacking outside backs, so we’re going to have a tough game on our hands.

“Certainly from our training sessions, though, we’ve been playing some good rugby and we’ll be looking to transfer that into our game.”

With some of the players now on a week’s break, focus will now be on recovery before work resumes ahead of the new campaign. Whilst admitting it has been challenging, Ashe is fully aware of the benefits of pre-season.

He said: “It’s been difficult – at times your body is screaming at you - but it’s enjoyable. It’s been nice to have a freshen up, and the group of new players have been really good.

“Pre-season is really important - it gives you that physical base that you can go through the season with and builds that robustness that’s needed in today’s game. It’s such an important part of the season.”

With the Warriors international contingent having now made their return to the club after their summer exploits, the backrower is also enjoying the opportunity to catch up with his team-mates.

He said: “I haven’t seen most of those guys in the best part of three or four months, so it’s been good to have them back in.

“It’s exciting – a lot of them are going through the hard work we went through a couple of weeks ago and they’re going to come out of that ready and raring to go for the new season.”

As announced on Tuesday, the new season will also see the introduction of the Cheetahs and Southern Kings into the Guinness PRO14.

Having made his international debut in South Africa in 2014, Ashe is enthusiastic about the prospect.

He explained: “It’s going to be exciting – South Africa, one of the biggest rugby nations in the world, are coming into our competition.

"I see it as only being a good thing for us as players, to see another part of the world and to get to play out there.

“It’s going to be good, and the guys are looking forward to it.”

For now, however, the squad’s attention is fully on opening their pre-season account in the best possible manner. With incoming head coach Dave Rennie set to take charge for the first time, Ashe and his team-mates are looking forward to the New Zealander's arrival.

He said: “It’ll be good to have Dave over. There’s been a lot of communication between him and the coaching staff that are in at the moment, so things have been building towards playing the way we want with Dave’s vision on the game.

“With him coming in, we’re going to be relatively up to speed with how he wants to play, and it’ll be good to get to know him better.”

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