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February 08, 2018

Ratu Tagive returns to action

Posted by Editor on February 8, 2018 01:31 PM | No comments | Print | E-mail author

Ratu Tagive returns to action
Winger Ratu Tagive will play his first game of the season against the Dragons this Friday (ko 7.35pm) having successfully recovered from an achillies injury suffered in pre-season.

The 26-year-old has been playing for Currie Chieftains in the BT Premiership on his road back to full fitness and scored a try against the Dragons in Glasgow's victory over the Newport side at Scotstoun last season.

Tagive is joined in the back-three by Ruaridh Jackson and Lee Jones, both of whom have been released to play by the national side.

Nick Grigg is another starting for the Warriors who has spent the past few weeks in the Scotland camp. He is joined in midfield by Brandon Thomson, starting at 12 for the first time.

George Horne and Adam Hastings start together in the half-back positions, Hastings having trained with Gregor Townsend's Scotland squad over the last few weeks.

Man of the Match in Glasgow's last game against Exeter Chiefs, Matt Fagerson starts in the back-row alongside Adam Ashe and Chris Fusaro.

Robert Harley returns from national duty to captain the side from the engine room where he his partnered by Greg Peterson.

Up front Alex Allan, James Malcolm and Siua Halanukonuka combine.

On the bench, Paddy Kelly is involved for the first time this season having recovered from an ankle injury sustained playing club rugby.

Henry Pyrgos and D'arcy Rae also return from Scotland camp to be involved in the matchday 23.

Glasgow Warriors Head Coach Dave Rennie said: "We gave the boys ten days off after Exeter and they came back in enthused and looking sharp.

"Ratu has worked hard on his rehab and has played a bit of club footy the past few weeks. He's a hell of an athlete and we're excited to see how he goes.

"The Dragons are a strong side, especially at home and we're going to have to play well across the board to get a result."

Glasgow Warriors

15 Ruaridh Jackson

14 Lee Jones
13 Nick Grigg
12 Brandon Thomson
11 Ratu Tagive

10 Adam Hastings
9 George Horne

1 Alex Allan
2 James Malcolm
3 Siua Halanukonuka
4 Robert Harley (Captain)
5 Greg Peterson
6 Matt Fagerson
7 Chris Fusaro
8 Adam Ashe

Substitutes

16 Grant Stewart
17 Oli Kebble
18 D'arcy Rae
19 Kiran McDonald
20 Matt Smith
21 Henry Pyrgos
22 Patrick Kelly
23 Nikola Matawalu

Not available due to injury: Brian Alainu'uese (knee), Fraser Brown (head), Scott Cummings (hand), Alex Dunbar (thigh), Zander Fagerson (foot), Callum Gibbins (achilles), Ryan Grant (groin), Rory Hughes (shoulder), Sam Johnson (jaw), Lelia Masaga (knee), Pat MacArthur (shoulder), Leonardo Sarto (shoulder), Tim Swinson (hand) and George Turner (knee)