Glasgow Warriors forward Richie Vernon seeks more Scotland caps

Richie Vernon

Back-rower Richie Vernon hopes his return to Glasgow Warriors will help resurrect his Scotland career.

The 26-year-old was last capped in June 2012 in the 17-16 win over Samoa in Apia.

"It's a big factor in why I decided to come back up the road," Vernon told BBC Radio Scotland.

"There's so much competition for places here and you're competing against guys that you're competing with for the national side."

Dundee-born Vernon is eager to add to the 20 caps he has already won.

"I know that if I play well here I've got a good chance of getting back into that national set-up," he said.

"With the way Scotland are going at the moment with new players and young players getting blooded, they're only going to improve the next couple of years."

Vernon's signing with Gregor Townsend's Pro12 side was announced in February.

It will be his second spell with Glasgow after spending two seasons with Premiership team Sale Sharks.

"I had a really enjoyable four years last time I was here," Vernon added.

"I've been really impressed with what Gregor Townsend's been building here and the performances that Glasgow put in.

"It's a great chance for me to come back home and I really want to be successful with Glasgow Warriors."

And the 6ft 5in player is in no doubt that his time down south has benefitted him greatly.

"The Premiership is a little bit more of a traditional league and there's a lot more emphasis on the forward play and set-piece.

"That's something I definitely needed to work on and I'm coming back up the road feeling like a more rounded player."

Warriors will play friendlies against Harlequins and Exeter Chiefs before starting their 2013-14 Pro12 campaign at home to Cardiff Blues on 6 September.