Chris Cusiter: Timely Return to Fitness

Chris CusiterFans of Glasgow Warriors and Scotland rugby will delighted with this week’s announcement by Glasgow Warriors that the “Scotland, British & Irish Lions scrum-half is in line to play against Treviso this weekend.”

It has been almost a year since Cusiter injured his knee in a league match. At the time the injury was thought only to be minor, and the summer saw him being flown out to Argentina, where Scotland were playing their summer tour matches. However he returned having not played in any of them, and has since then been undergoing plenty of rehab and physiotherapy, and he expressed his gratitude to the medical staff in an audio interview for Glasgow Warriors, saying that “everyone who has helped me has done a great job.”

Cusiter also thanked Warriors head coach Sean Lineen for his patience as he went through the “longest 11 months of my life.” But now Chris has his eyes on the challenges ahead, knowing full well that running out in the Warriors jersey is only the beginning: “I know that it will take me a wee bit to get back to full form and fitness, but I am looking forward to it.”

Glasgow Warriors announced the line up on their website, and also via their twitter feed. Chris Cusiter also took to Twitter, telling his followers that he “May have some good news to share with you later today” then, when the news broke he tweeted “Ok so you didn’t quite hear it here first, but playing again on Sat for first time in over 11 months. Absolutely delighted!”

He was not the only one; Warriors fans and Scotland fans alike are thrilled with the news. He certainly has been missed! The congratulatory messages poured in from his teammates and supporters.

With Glasgow currently at 10th in the league and Scotland’s World Cup training camp beginning in June, Cusiter will be looking to make a big impact in the limited game time he has, “I absolutely want to be involved in the World Cup. I don’t think it’s beyond the realms of possibility”

Glasgow have 3 league matches left to play this season, and Scotland have 2 World Cup warm up matches against Ireland and Italy in August. It may not be beyond the realms of possibility for Cusiter, but he still will have his work cut out as Rory Lawson and Mike Blair have both done very well for themselves as Scotland’s scrum halves.

But despite all of the talk about the World Cup, Cusiter knows that right now the focus is on Saturday’s game for Warriors. “I feel I can get back to full form pretty quickly I’ve kept myself in good shape but I’ll know a lot more after Saturday”

Can Cusiter return to form as well as fitness to make an impact at the Rugby World Cup?

By Christine Lester