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January 12, 2018

Glasgow team to face Leinster

Posted by Editor on January 12, 2018 06:59 PM | No comments | Print | E-mail author

GeorgeTurner returns after suspension
George Turner returns from suspension to start in a brand new all international front-row as Glasgow Warriors travel to the RDS Arena in the European Rugby Champions Cup.

Warriors face Pool 3 leaders Leinster in Dublin on Sunday live on Sky Sports (ko 1.00pm).

Jamie Bhatti and Siua Halanukonuka start either side of Turner and behind them Robert Harley again captains the side, shifting into the second-row alongside Greg Peterson.

It is the same back-three that started in Glagow's 40-20 victory over Zebre with Lee Jones and Nikola Matawalu playing either side of Ruaridh Jackson, who was this week named the club's McCrea Financial Services Warrior of the Month for December.

Nick Grigg and Huw Jones remain in midfield, while Peter Horne starts at fly-half teaming up with Ali Price.

24-year old Adam Ashe is the oldest member of an exciting back-row. Matt Smith (21) and Matt Fagerson (19) completing the starting squad.

On the bench, BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy Stage 3 player Grant Stewart is involved in a full Warriors squad for the first time and Brandon Thomson is in line to make his European debut.

Glasgow Warriors Head Coach Dave Rennie said: "We travel to Dublin to face the best side in our pool and one of the best sides in the whole comp.

"We've had a good week training and it's an opportunity for us to show what we've learned."

Glasgow Warriors

15 Ruaridh Jackson

14 Lee Jones
13 Huw Jones
12 Nick Grigg
11 Nikola Matawalu

10 Peter Horne
9 Ali Price

1 Jamie Bhatti
2 George Turner
3 Siua Halanukonuka
4 Robert Harley (Captain)
5 Greg Peterson
6 Matt Fagerson
7 Matt Smith
8 Adam Ashe

Substitutes

16 Grant Stewart
17 Alex Allan
18 D'arcy Rae
19 Kiran McDonald
20 Chris Fusaro
21 George Horne
22 Brandon Thomson
23 Henry Pyrgos

Not available due to injury: Brian Alainu'uese (knee), Fraser Brown (head), Scott Cummings (hand), Alex Dunbar (knee), Zander Fagerson (foot), Callum Gibbins (achilles), Stuart Hogg (hip), Rory Hughes (shoulder), Sam Johnson (jaw), Pat MacArthur (shoulder), Lelia Masaga (knee), Leonardo Sarto (shoulder), Tommy Seymour (foot), Tim Swinson (hand) and Ryan Wilson (ankle)