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October 26, 2018

Glasgow team to face Munster

Posted by Editor on October 26, 2018 11:52 AM | No comments | Print | E-mail author

Chris Fusaro will play his 150th game for Warriors
Dave Rennie has named his Glasgow side to take on Munster at Thomond Park on Saturday (ko 5.15pm).

Chris Fusaro will play his 150th game for the club tomorrow night. The 29-year-old is in his ninth season with the Warriors and will become just the ninth player to reach that milestone in the club's history.

Robert Harley, Graeme Morrison, Pat MacArthur, Alastair Kellock, Jon Petrie, Dougie Hall, John Barclay and Moray Low are the only players to have played more games for Glasgow than Fusaro.

In the starting XV, five of the sixteen players named in Scotland's 2018 Autumn International squad return, notably at half-back where brothers George and Peter Horne start beside each other.

Sam Johnson returns from St Andrews to start at inside centre, while in the pack Robert Harley and Matt Fagerson are both included.

Nick Grigg partners Johnson in midfield and behind them Rory Hughes, DTH van der Merwe and Ruaridh Jackson make up the back-three.

Fosroc Scottish Rugby Academy Hooker Grant Stewart starts for the Warriors for this first time. Oli Kebble and D'arcy Rae pack down either side of him.

Scott Cummings starts in the engine room alongside Harley and captain Callum Gibbins and Adam Ashe complete the pack.

Fusaro is one of six internationals on the bench. Kevin Bryce, Jamie Bhatti, Greg Peterson, Nick Frisby and Nikola Matawalu will also look to bring their experience to the game when called upon.

Glasgow Warriors Head Coach Dave Rennie said: "Fuzzy (Chris Fusaro) embodies everything that's great about this club, he's a true Warrior. He's competitive and hardworking as well as being a ferocious player on the park and we're all rapt to see him deservedly reach this milestone.

"Last season we fronted up against Munster at home but we were out muscled when we travelled to Ireland for the reverse leg. That's our challenge this weekend.

"They're such a tough side as they've shown over the past couple of weeks in Europe against quality opposition."

Players unavailable through injury: Zander Fagerson (ankle), Siua Halanukonuka (foot) Stuart Hogg (ankle), Lelia Masaga (back), Kiran McDonald (hand) Robbie Nairn (groin) Tim Swinson (lower limb) and George Turner (head)

Glasgow Warriors

15 Ruaridh Jackson

14 DTH van der Merwe
13 Nick Grigg
12 Sam Johnson
11 Rory Hughes

10 Peter Horne
9 George Horne

1 Oli Kebble
2 Grant Stewart
3 D'arcy Rae
4 Robert Harley
5 Scott Cummings
6 Adam Ashe
7 Callum Gibbins
8 Adam Ashe

Substitutes

16 Kevin Bryce
17 Jamie Bhatti
18 Petrus du Plessis
19 Greg Peterson
20 Chris Fusaro
21 Nick Frisby
22 Brandon Thomson
23 Nikola Matawalu