If Scotland backrower Nick Haining gets a wee break from preparations for their Six Nations’ last round clash against Wales on Saturday, he might sneak a peek at the opening games across the other side of the world in Global Rapid Rugby.

And whilst he might expect to recognize a few faces amongst the players lining up for his old club Western Force, he might be surprised to see more familiar figures amongst the other GRR teams, as there is a strong tartan tinge to the tournament!

Across in the ANZ Stadium in Suva the Fijian Latui host the China Lions, and the Lions no.8 is none other than former Scotland 15s and 7s international Hugh Blake, who played for the Glasgow Warriors in the Pro14 competition.

When he lines up to for the kick-off he might get a sense of recognition when he sees the Latui’s Meli Nakarawa, the brother of his former Glasgow team mate and Olympic 7s Gold Medallist Leone Nakarawa.

And meanwhile over at HBF Park in Perth, where an exciting double-header sees the South China Tigers take on Manuma Samoa followed by the Force against the Malaysia Valke, the Glasgow connections continue!

Tigers Team Manager Andrew Hall is no stranger to Scotstoun Stadium, with over 100 Glasgow appearances and a Scottish cap to his name, whilst sat in the stands will be his erstwhile Glasgow and Scottish team mate Sam Pinder, who heads up the event management team that is running the GRR match operations.

Throw in a set of bagpipes and GRR could stand for Glasgow Rapid Rugby – except for the weather. It’s certainly going to be an entertaining opening weekend, with players drawn from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Europe and across the Asia Pacific showcasing a set of law variations that promise a fast-paced, high-scoring spectacle. Catch all games live on RugbyPass Official Youtube Channel

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