Glasgow sign up Connacht utility back Nathan on two-year deal
Published 04/05/2011 | 05:00
GLASGOW WARRIORS, who take on Leinster in the Magners League at the RDS on Friday night, have swooped for Connacht utility back Troy Nathan on a two-year deal.
The 27-year-old Kiwi, who has played out-half, centre, wing and full-back for the province, has made 73 appearances for Connacht and Glasgow coach Sean Lineen says he has been brought in to add experience to the squad.
"He's a little bit older and with so many Scottish youngsters in our squad and others hoping to be at the World Cup throughout September and October, we need an older head in the midfield," said Lineen.
Leinster need to beat Glasgow to secure a home Magners League semi-final and second-row Nathan Hines says the euphoria surrounding their Heineken Cup semi-final win over Toulouse has been parked with no thought given yet to the final against Northampton.
"I am more worried about this weekend," said Hines. "We played Glasgow in the first round and let ourselves down. We put ourselves in a good position in the first half, but we played terrible in the second half and they won, so I'm going to wait until I have to worry about Northampton."
The Australian-born Scotland international pointed to the experience in Leinster's squad as a critical factor in their win over Toulouse (seven of the starting 15 were over 30) and said it will be central to their end-of-season aspirations as they chase an unprecedented Heineken-Magners double.
"It's a mature team, we have a lot experience," said Hines. "We gave Toulouse an easy way into the game, but we just said we would play our game and get ourselves back into it and we did that, clawed ourselves back.
"I think we let ourselves down for the first score. It was a lucky bounce and everyone was looking at each other, not just players, but referees, wondering: 'Is this a try? Not sure ... 'yeah ok, it's a try'. And then they gave it. We lost the first two line-outs and gave a free-kick at the first scrum, so it wasn't a very Leinster start to the game."
Glasgow have never won on Leinster soil and Lineen is desperate to end the worst season of his seven-year tenure (when he had to cope with injuries to senior players Chris Cusiter, Al Kellock, Graeme Morrison and Johnnie Beattie) on a high.
"We know how tough Leinster will make this. Home advantage can mean so much in the semi-final games and they will be determined to ensure they get that and the defeat in September will still rankle with them. But we still want to go out on a high."