Glasgow Warriors confident of European success - Ruaridh Jackson

Ruaridh Jackson has questioned Gordon Strachan's controversial comments
Ruaridh Jackson has questioned Gordon Strachan's controversial comments

Scotland international Ruaridh Jackson expressed confidence in Glasgow Warriors' success in the upcoming European Champions Cup following a promising start to the season.

The Scotstoun outfit are the only team in the Pro 14, who are on a six match winning streak and will head into the Champions Cup opener against Aviva Premiership champions Exeter Chiefs with a lot of confidence under their new head coach Dave Rennie.

"We go into every competition wanting to win it," said Jackson.

"We've got off to a great start to the season winning sometimes when we are not at our best, which is a great trait to be building. We're full of confidence.

"Europe is another step up in intensity. We know Exeter will step up their intensity too and it's going to be a real battle for us.

"There's no harder place to start than going down to the champions of England to get your European campaign off the mark.

"But if you want to win this competition you have to beat the best and that means doing a job this weekend, and we're excited about that."

Glasgow have never won a Champions Cup previously but showed a lot of promise last season when they entered the knock-out stage for the first time before their campaign was ended by the eventual champions Saracens in the quarter-finals.

"In the last four of five years we've been on great form but never got to the knockout stage, but to get out the group phase last season means it's not something we need to talk about any more," said Jackson, who was with Harlequins in the previous season.

"If we can make Scotstoun a fortress and pick up some away wins, we'll be in a great place."


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