Talented Reid to play on the wing
August 18, 2000

Roland Reid, the explosive back-row forward who toured New Zealand with Scotland in the summer, has been selected on the left wing for Glasgow Caledonians' warm-up against Heineken finalists Munster tomorrow after an impressive performance on the flank against Northampton during the week.

Reds coach Richie Dixon said: "Roland Reid is a very gifted player. He has the potential to be an international winger. At the moment, however, I see him as a back-row forward. We are using him on the wing against Munster more out of expediency than anything else."

Dixon was referring to his growing casualty list with four back-line regulars out. Rory Kerr, the Scotland under-21 winger who is battling with a serious knee injury, and John Steel, at the Students' World Cup in Italy, are missing. Allan Bulloch is a fortnight away from coming back after aggravating a calf muscle in New Zealand while Scotland under-21 winger Ian McInory has a bruised leg. Dixon's fifth option, the versatile Tommy Hayes, continues at full-back after an outstanding performance in Glasgow's pre-season friendly win over Northampton.

Reid, who joined Caledonians from Currie Cup-winning side Golden Lions in October last season, last started a match on the wing as a 16-year-old in his native South Africa. "I made a decision to switch to the back-row after I lost two bad tries during a crucial game. I like the contact of the forwards, but I'm quite happy also on the wing," he said.
Reid replaces Shaun Longstaff who is out for another three weeks with rib cartilage damage. Glenn Metcalfe is making good progress from a heel injury and is expected to be back in training within a fortnight.

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