Johnny Matthews learns from Glasgow Warriors hooker squad but knows he has to beat them for a spot on the squad



Johnny Matthews impressed the Glasgow Warriors in pre-season games against the Newcastle Falcons and Worcester. Photo: Ross MacDonald / SNS

But the Scotland-qualified Liverpudlian impressed in the preseason and secured the debut right in the United Rugby Championship’s opener against Ulster.

Glasgow were beaten 35-29 in Belfast and Matthews found himself out of the squad for last weekend’s game against the Sharks. Danny Wilson’s side face the Lions this Saturday and Matthews is hoping to get back into the fray.

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Although the competition is stiff, Matthews says the other prostitutes are helping each other out, targeting Brown in particular for his work with the group.

“The preseason has gone well and I hope to build on that and see what happens,” said Matthews, now in his third season at the club. “I hope to have a little more playing time in the next matches.

“There’s a lot of competition there and Fraser, George and Grant are all Scottish internationals. But we’re pretty close as a group of prostitutes, already ready to learn from each other.

“Fraser is really good at it and Danny is also very good with the throws. It’s a tough but tight group. We all want to improve.

“Even when the guys weren’t involved in the preseason, they still gave you advice, suggesting you try this or that. It’s about doing what’s best for the team.

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Matthews has been working hard on his game over the summer, especially his throws, and seems to be reaping the rewards. The club’s coaching staff awarded him the Warrior of the Month award for his performances in the pre-season games against Newcastle and Worcester.

“I worked closely with Fraser and Danny on my throw,” said Matthews. “It was something that I personally felt I had to work on. And I wanted to make sure that I was coming back as well as possible so that I wouldn’t be behind in my physical form. We had a great running program from the strength and conditioning guys here so it was just right to stick with that and get up good and do it before your day started.

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