Glasgow Warriors coming to Inverness can boost Highland Rugby Club
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Dave Carson believes being able to see the Glasgow Warriors in action up close will only serve to inspire Highland to push on.
Professional side Glasgow will be coming up to Inverness on Friday, September 2 for a pre-season friendly against Worcester at the Caledonian Stadium, in conjunction with Highland’s centenary celebrations.
It will mean a homecoming for Inverness’ own Scotland international Jamie Dobie, and Carson hopes the occasion will only spur his squad to further success in the coming seasons.
“Without a doubt it will push us on,” Carson explained.
“You try and improve all the time, every year we’re trying to get better and better.
“They will see what Jamie has done, and the other guys that have gone down to Glasgow, and it will give everyone a lift.
“It’s especially good at the start of the season, it will be a big lift to get everyone down.
“Last time Scotland were up, they trained at the club for two or three days, so we got to watch their sessions and some of the players did a couple of sessions with the junior sides as well. I would imagine Glasgow will be up here the whole week, so it will be fantastic for us.”
Glasgow could not be heading north at a better time, with the friendly scheduled for the start of Highland’s domestic season.
“It’s ideal for every level – from the seniors right down to the minis,” Carson added.
“Having them here at the beginning of the season will give everyone a boost, and I’m sure the place will be buzzing leading up to the game.
“Our fixtures aren’t out yet, but we’ll be into league games by then, so we’ll be playing the next day whether that’s home or away. It will certainly help everyone kick on.
“It’s always great when a local guy does so well. Jamie got to Glasgow and has a Scotland cap, and when the kids see someone they watch on the telly it’s always a boost for them.”