Franco Smith – the Springbok supremo’s Scotstoun revolution

Friday's European Challenge Cup final will see Glasgow Warriors take on Toulon in Dublin.

European Challenge Cup final Glasgow Warriors v Toulon: Franco Smith’s Scotstoun revolution SNS Group

When we look back at this potentially historic season for Glasgow Warriors, the appointment of Franco Smith as head coach last August will be the defining moment.

Met with trepidation from some quarters following the exit of Danny Wilson, many in the Warrior nation wanted a bigger name.

Smith had a job on his hands; reinvigorating a squad low on confidence, reigniting a support that had fallen flat and re-energise a club looking for a leader.

And a leader they got.

He’s turned Glasgow from domestic disappointments to potential continental conquerors.

Smith left no stone unturned in his quest to restore Glasgow to its former glory.

Inheriting a squad built by the previous regime, Smith quickly stamped his authority with expansive attacking rugby which was a joy to watch.

His quiet yet confident demeanour charmed his players into hitting top gear and he continued to develop the talented young players at Scotstoun who had lost their way.

An incredible home form was the bedrock for a successful campaign in the URC (United Rugby Championship), coming unstuck against Munster in the quarter-finals.

But it’s their heroics on the European stage that has supporters giddy with excitement.


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The Warriors are ready for their biggest battle, as they head to the Emerald Isle.

To etch their names into European rugby history, they must overcome a club with huge continental pedigree.

Toulon of France – three-time Champions Cup winners and four times Top 14 winners.

The fact the Glasgow squad are heading to the Aviva Stadium with genuine confidence they can lift the trophy is a testament to the work of Smith and his coaches.

Friday, May 19 could be a date forever remembered for those at Scotstoun.

The club have waited a long time for days like these, and Franco Smith could be the man to deliver it.

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