PETRIE TO CAPTAIN SCOTLAND
Jon Petrie, the 28-year-old Glasgow Rugby back-row forward, is today named as Scotland captain for the forthcoming internationals against the Barbarians and Romania.
Petrie, who follows in the footsteps of fellow Dundee HSFP clubmen Rob Wainwright, Andy Nicol and Tom Smith, will thus become Scotland's 106th Test match captain when he leads the team in Bucharest on Sunday 5 June.
Home support have the chance to cheer on Petrie at the Scotland v Barbarians match at Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen, on Tuesday 24 May (kick-off 7.30pm). Tickets for that game are available from the credit card hotline 0870 040 1925.
He said today: "This is an honour that I didn't really expect. It's nice to know that I've been going in the right direction with captaincy at Glasgow."
Frank Hadden, Scotland's head coach, said: "I have known Jonny since the Caledonian Reds days and I have always been impressed with him both as a player and a person.
"I have watched him grow in the role of captain at Glasgow and I believe he is capable of going to the next level in that role and look forward to seeing what he does in the next couple of games."
Petrie, who has won 40 caps and who led Scotland outwith the Test arena during last year's summer tour of Australia, also has captaincy experience from his days at Mayfield and with the Colomiers under-21 team.
"I tend to be very vocal on the pitch. Off the pitch I think it's important to tap into other guys' strengths. We've a really good group of senior players in the Scotland set-up just now and we'll look to use people who have strengths in different areas," he said.
Hadden developed that point. "The key to success is the quality of the leadership group and it's great to have on board people with experience like Scott Murray and Chris Paterson, who, I'm sure, will make life a lot easier for Jonny."
Petrie added: "I think people realise we've been through a bit of a low in the past year with all the changes in the upper echelons of the SRU. We've now got a chance to make a fresh start and there's a lot of anticipation within the squad to get on with the job."
JON PETRIE (Dundee High School FP and Glasgow Rugby). Back-row forward. Born 19.10.76 in Dundee. 6ft 4in, 17st 3lbs. Jonathan Michael Petrie scored an outstanding solo effort try, sprinting from almost half way, in Scotland's historic 100-8 victory over Japan. He again powered his way over the line in Scotland's first home game of the 2005 RBS 6 Nations Championship against Ireland. He played in every game of Scotland's 2004 summer tour of Australia, including the three Tests, and captained the sides against New South Wales Country and New South Wales Waratahs. His display at openside flanker against Italy in the RWC Countdown Test was hailed as "outstanding" by coach Ian McGeechan and it was in that role that he was part of a superb Scotland back-row against France in Paris this year. He started in Scotland's opening game of the 2003 world cup at openside against Japan and in their following game against the USA. In 2002 he featured in the Scottish Mutual Autumn Test victory against Fiji and was introduced as a substitute to the RBS Six Nations games against France and Wales. In 2003 he also played in the A internationals against Ireland, England and Italy. He played in three games on Scotland's 2002 trip to North America before he had to leave the tour through the concussion he sustained in the Test against Canada. He scored his first try for Scotland in the 31-8 November 2000 win against Samoa. Earlier that year he won his first cap for Scotland in the second Test on the tour of New Zealand. In all, he played in five games on that tour, scoring a try in the 25-25 draw with Nelson Bays. The tour was reward for his first season in professional rugby with Glasgow Caledonians (now Glasgow Rugby). Previously he had two seasons in Scotland's under-21 team, making his debut against the Irish in 1997 while he was playing in France with Colomiers. He returned to Dundee High School FP later that year, and he enlisted with Glasgow Caledonians in season 1999/2000, though he had already made emergency appearances for the professional team in 1998-99. His Scotland A debut was in the 99-0 win over the Netherlands at Murrayfield in December 1999.
International record: 40 caps. 2000 - NZ2 USA A Sam. 2001 - F W It (rep) I (rep) T A. 2002 - F (rep) W (rep). 2002 - C R (rep) Fj. 2003 - F (rep) W (rep) SA1 (rep), SA2 (rep) It W I (rep) WC(J USA F(rep) A(rep)). 2004 - It(rep) I(rep) Sam(rep) A1(rep) A2(rep) A(rep) J A SA(rep). 2005 - F I It W E(rep). Points: 15 - 3 tries.