The BRM Big Interview – Adam Hastings
If Glasgow’s Adam Hastings did not already know just how far and wide the ‘Warrior Nation’ spread across Scotland, he had his eyes opened when he made a cameo appearance in front of nearly 6,000 fans in the pre-season friendly against Harlequins in Perth during August.
And now the 21-year-old stand-off cannot wait to run out at a packed out Scotstoun throughout the next few months, believing the home supporters have a massive part to play in the team’s Guinness PRO14 and European journey in the coming months.
“To see so many fans in Perth kind of blew me away a bit to be honest, it is at times like that when you realise just how many people are watching our games, keeping an eye out for our results and cheering us on,” the former Bath playmaker said.
“We are out there representing so many people from all different parts of Scotland and it is always an honour to pull on the Warriors shirt.
“As a result, I can’t wait for the home games to come, I love every time we get a chance to play at Scotstoun and last year some of the atmospheres were amazing.
“I am very excited to get back out there, the crowd really get behind us and are just as excited as us to be there when those nights come around.”
This season the Warriors are led by back-row duo Ryan Wilson and Callum Gibbins – and Adam knows that they can get the best out of the playing group.
“They are fairly similar blokes, two of the nicest guys off the pitch and very popular, but when it comes down to things and a game is approaching and they are not so nice,” he explained.
“Both are great leaders who do lead by example and they are good talkers which is important as a leader. Everyone looks up to them and wants to do well for them.”
Adam came into this season off the back of his first Scotland outings on the summer tour and with a bit more expectation surrounding him and what he can achieve with Finn Russell having moved on.
“I was not playing much last season which was frustrating, but something anybody would accept because of Finn being at the club,” he stated.
“Due to my lack of game time, to be honest, I did not even expect to go on the Scotland tour.
“To manage to play in all three games and play pretty well in all of them was a bonus. Certainly, playing for Scotland over the summer can’t hurt my Glasgow chances going forward.
“Playing those international matches has given me so much confidence going into this season.
“I can’t express how much of a difference that month away with Scotland made to my whole rugby year.
“I realise the guys I am up against to start at stand-off for Glasgow are all quality ball players, but I have made it no secret about the fact that I want to start. We will push each other hard and whoever gets game time at 10 will do a good job.
“Looking ahead, a successful season for myself is getting game time with Glasgow on a regular basis and hopefully squeezing into a Scotland squad again, which would be amazing.
“I could be sitting here next year very happy or very frustrated. Hopefully, if all goes well I can make that World Cup squad. It is up to me to make that happen.
“It will also help to be part of a successful team at Glasgow. Winning the PRO14 and doing much better in Europe has to be our aim. We can get to the final of Europe if we perform as a team. This squad has the ability.
“Having the league final in Glasgow at Celtic Park is also an incentive for us to do well because if we get to the final we’ll have lots of our fans there.”
Adam goes back to where it all began with his famous father
Adam was recently at an event at his old school George Watson’s College in Edinburgh with other former pupils and fellow Scotland caps such as his dad Gavin, uncle Scott, current Edinburgh captain Stuart McInally, Marcus Di Rollo and Jamie Mayer also in attendance.
They all now have strips from their careers up in the tunnel at the Myreside ground there and Adam’s father Gavin said: “I still have great memories of my school days.
“When you are playing in the first teams through the years you aspire to be in the first XV and although you never know if you will be good enough or not you work hard to do that.
“I was lucky enough to get into the senior firsts in S5 and you just remember all the rivalries you had with other local schools like Heriot’s and Stewart’s Melville.
“So, very happy memories and Myreside is like a home from home for me. It is wonderful to see the school rugby teams still doing well, producing talented players and having fun while doing it nowadays too.”
Interview by Gary Heatly.