Glasgow Warriors frustrated with Ewan Ashman exit but relationship with Sale Sharks remains strong
The player struggled to play Sale and the loan transfer to Glasgow was designed to give him more minutes alongside a number of his Scottish teammates and help the Warriors who had lost co-captain Fraser Brown because of a knee problem. .
However, injury issues with the Sharks threw the deal apart.
Sale doesn’t have a game this weekend but has decided he needs Ashman. They initially called him back for last week’s game against the Saracens, but the loan is now officially over.
“Part of the detail of the deal was that if they had a few injuries in this position they could call it back and they had some injuries pretty much right away,” said Wilson, whose team hosts the Dragons. Saturday in the United Rugby Championship.
“He has always been their player so there was always the risk that he would come back but I didn’t think it would be until he even started so it’s a bit disappointing, a bit frustrating but at the same time understandable – it’s their player, not ours.
“Ewan Ashman would have been a good one and we’ll see how that plays out as the relationship between the clubs is still there.”
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Turner will start against the Dragons in Scotstoun, with Matthews on the bench, as Glasgow look to bounce back from last weekend’s final loss to Benetton, who still mocks Wilson who made five changes.
âWe were in a position to win – even if it’s ugly – with 90 seconds to go and possession of the ball inside their 22. You have to be able to close these games,â said the coach.
Internationals Sam Johnson, Rufus McLean, George Horne, Jamie Bhatti and Matt Fagerson all drop out, with an eye on next week’s European opener against La Rochelle.
There’s a start for New Zealand full-back Josh McKay in a reshuffled backline which sees Cole Forbes moved to the wing, Kyle Steyn passed to an out center and Sione Tuipulotu at 12. Sebastian Cancelliere arrives on the other. wing and Ali Price returns to scrum half.
In the peloton, Zander Fagerson is back with a tight lead, with Oli Kebble moving up to a loose head and co-captain Ryan Wilson is also back.
Wilson can’t wait to see McKay in action.
âIt’s a sharp attack threat,â said the coach. “Playing at home on a fast track in your first game will hopefully be fine for him.”
There will be a minute of applause ahead of the game in memory of Siobhan Cattigan, the Scotland internationalist whose death at the age of 26 was announced this week.
âEveryone at Glasgow Warriors would love to send a message of condolences to Siobhan’s family and friends,â Wilson said. “It was very sad news.”