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November 01, 2018

Glasgow team to face Ospreys

Posted by Editor on November 1, 2018 02:45 PM | No comments | Print | E-mail author

Tevita Tameilau makes his first start for Glasgow
USA international Tevita Tameilau will make his first start for Glasgow Warriors away to Ospreys tomorrow night (ko 7.35pm).

The number 8 will pack down at the Liberty Stadium with Adam Ashe and captain Callum Gibbins either side of him.

Robert Harley and George Turner have both been released by Scotland this weekend. The hooker is flanked by Oli Kebble and D'arcy Rae in the front-row, while Scott Cummings is Harley's partner in the engine room.

Nick Frisby and Brandon Thomson start at nine and ten for the first time since orchestrating Glasgow's 50-17 pre-season victory over Harlequins in Perth.

Fosroc Scottish Rugby Academy's Stafford McDowall impressed off the bench against Munster and makes his first start for the club with Nick Grigg outside of him.

DTH van der Merwe was a late absentee against Munster but returns to the starting XV on one wing with Rory Hughes starting on the other with Ruaridh Jackson at full-back.

On the bench Kiran McDonald returns from injury to be involved for the first time his season.

Bruce Flockhart is in line to make his full Glasgow Warriors debut and Patrick Kelly will also get his first taste of rugby in a Warriors shirt this season.

Sam Johnson suffered a knee injury in Glasgow's defeat to Munster last weekend and is expected to be out for 10-12 weeks.

Glasgow Warriors Head Coach Dave Rennie said: "We're excited by the challenge this week. What we know is that regardless of who pulls on the jersey there is an expectation to perform in it and we've named a strong squad that can go out there and deliver.

"Ospreys are right on our tails in the Conference and are playing really well. We'll need to reach the same levels of physicality we have done in our last three games to get the performance we expect from a Glasgow Warriors side.

"It's tough for Sam (Johnson), he's just returned from injury so to injure his other knee is disappointing for him. He's a determined man and has already begun work on his rehab and we look forward to having him back fit."

Glasgow Warrors

15 Ruaridh Jackson

14 DTH van der Merwe
13 Nick Grigg
12 Stafford McDowall
11 Rory Hughes

10 Brandon Thomson
9 Nick Frisby

1 Oli Kebble
2 George Turner
3 D'arcy Rae
4 Robert Harley
5 Scott Cummings
6 Adam Ashe
7 Callum Gibbins (Captain)
8 Tevita Tameilau

Substitutes

16 Grant Stewart
17 Jamie Bhatti
18 Adam Nicol
19 Kiran McDonald
20 Matt Smith
21 Bruce Flockhart
22 Patrick Kelly
23 Nikola Matawalu

Unavailable players: Zander Fagerson (ankle), Siua Halanukonuka (foot), Stuart Hogg (ankle), Sam Johnson (knee), Lelia Masaga (back) and Tim Swinson (lower limb).

Alex Allan (Scotland), Fraser Brown (Scotland), Alex Dunbar (Scotland), Matt Fagerson (Scotland), Jonny Gray (Scotland), Adam Hastings (Scotland), George Horne (Scotland), Peter Horne (Scotland), Huw Jones (Scotland), Lee Jones (Scotland), Greg Peterson (USA), Ali Price (Scotland), Tommy Seymour (Scotland) and Ryan Wilson (Scotland)