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February 17, 2017

Glasgow team to take on Ulster

Posted by Editor on February 17, 2017 12:34 PM | No comments | Print | E-mail author

Brandon Thomson will make his Glasgow debut at the weekend
Gregor Townsend has named his team for tomorrow's PRO12 clash with Ulster at Kingspan Stadium (ko 3.00pm).

Fresh from signing a new three-year-contract with Glasgow, Peter Horne makes his return to the Warriors starting XV following a spell on the side-lines with an ankle injury. while Brandon Thomson will make his debut at full-back having joined the club last week on a short term deal from the Stormers.

Lee Jones and Sean Lamont start on the wings and Mark Bennett returns from international duty to start outside of Nick Grigg in the centres.

Henry Pyrgos skipper the side at scrum-half.

In the front-row Sila Puafisi returns to the starting XV at tight-head, with James Malcolm at hooker and Alex Allan at loose-head.

Once again Brian Alainu'uese and Scott Cummings combine in the second-row and at open-side flanker Simone Favaro is released from Italy duty to play his first game for the Warriors since the beginning of January.

Robert Harley and Adam Ashe start as the other loose forwards.

On the bench Namibian international Tjiuee Uanivi features for the first time since injuring his shoulder in the reverse fixture against Ulster back in September.

Hooker Corey Flynn is called up to the bench and Rory Hughes will cover the back-three.

Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend said: "Peter Horne is one of our hardest working players and a leader on and off the pitch, so his return will give everyone a boost. It's a credit to our medical staff that Peter and Tjiuee (Uanivi) are both available for what is a crucial match."

"Brandon (Thomson) has integrated really well since his arrival and showed a good level of physicality while playing for Stirling County at the weekend. He has a very good rugby brain and is a quick learner, and is relishing the opportunity to play for the club.

"It's also great to be able to include Mark (Bennett) and Simone (Favaro) who both played Test match rugby last weekend. We will require everyone in our squad to play with huge commitment, effort and belief as we look to bounce back from last week's disappointing result."

Glasgow Warriors

15 Brandon Thomson

14 Lee Jones
13 Mark Bennett
12 Nick Grigg
11 Sean Lamont

10 Peter Horne
9 Henry Pyrgos (Captain)

1 Alex Allan
2 James Malcolm
3 Sila Puafisi
4 Brian Alainu'uese
5 Scott Cummings
6 Robert Harley
7 Simone Favaro
8 Adam Ashe

Substitutes

16 Corey Flynn
17 Jamie Bhatti
18 D'arcy Rae
19 Tjiuee Uanivi
20 Lewis Wynne
21 Grayson Hart
22 Richie Vernon
23 Rory Hughes

Not available due to injury: Sam Johnson (ankle), Pat MacArthur (head), Peter Murchie (hamstring), Greg Peterson (shoulder) and Leonardo Sarto (shoulder)