STEWART McAslan, former captain of Glasgow's XV, follows in the

footsteps of another centre with his return to senior district rugby

this season.

Glasgow's committee have appointed him to be Hugh Campbell's assistant

coach in succession to David Johnston, Watsonians' former international

centre, who is now a national selector and mentor of the Scotland A


Another former centre, Gordon Taylor, the Hillhead/Jordanhill coach,

has taken over the Glasgow under-21 team from Sandy Service. Kenny

Hamilton, from the Glasgow High/Kelvinside coaching panel, continues as


McAslan is among a distinguished group who have played for both

Edinburgh and Glasgow. After sojourns with Trinity Academicals and

Heriot's, with eight games for Edinburgh and five matches for Scotland

B, he came west to join Glasgow Academy's physical education staff in


Subsequently, he played 14 times for Glasgow and toured Zimbabwe with

the national team in 1988. He was captain in his last four games for

Glasgow, including the 22-11 victory over the Fijian tourists in 1989,

but a neck injury in that match effectively finished his career.

He was Academicals' under-21 coach two years ago, moved up to be one

of Nairn MacEwan's assistants with the first XV last season, and his

style, knowledge, and delivery have earned commendations from both club

and district.

McAslan's return to senior rugby as a district coach has a parallel in

the career of another former Glasgow captain, Richie Dixon. His time as

a player was even more abruptly cut short by injury, but he has gone on

to reach the heights as a national coach and selector.

Glasgow's first test under the Campbell-McAslan partnership will be

the Inter-city match against Edinburgh at Hughenden on October 23. The

Taylor-Hamilton charges step into action four days later with Glasgow's

opening match in the under-21 district championship against the South at


Allan Hosie, the former international referee now a representative on

the Scottish Rugby Union committee, and his Glasgow colleagues have

invited the presidents of all the clubs in the district to a meeting at

Hughenden on Monday, September 6.

Discussion will centre on how a district with close on 100 clubs can

convert its base numbers into success at the top level, whether taking

titles or winning more international caps.