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April 04, 2019

Glasgow team to take on Ulster

Posted by Editor on April 4, 2019 01:11 PM | No comments | Print | E-mail author

Jonny Gray makes his 100th appearance for Glasgow
Jonny Gray will play his 100th game for Glasgow this Friday as the Warriors welcome Ulster to a sold-out Scotstoun Stadium.

The 25-year-old made his debut back in December 2012 in a PRO12 victory over Edinburgh before signing his first professional contract the following summer.

He made his Scotland debut in November 2013 and has since gone on to surpass 50 test matches for his country.

The former club captain was instrumental in Glasgow's 2014/15 PRO12 title-winning campaign and will be hoping to help his side take one step towards their first final since then, by marking his century with victory tomorrow night.

Tommy Seymour returns to the starting XV having recovered from a rib injury picked up playing for Scotland. He joins fellow centurions Stuart Hogg and Nikola Matawalu in the back-three.

Kyle Steyn shifts from wing to centre to play alongside Sam Johnson in midfield. Ali Price and Adam Hastings once again start as half-backs.

Robert Harley partners Gray in the engine room. Adam Ashe and Chris Fusaro are promoted to the starting line up to play with Matt Fagerson in the back-row.

It is an unchanged front three for the third consecutive game. Oli Kebble and Zander Fagerson once again packing down either side of Fraser Brown.

USA international Tevita Tameilau is included amongst the replacements for the first time since scoring against Cardiff Blues in February and representing his country four times in the Americas Rugby Championship.

Tim Swinson sustained an ankle injury against Saracens last Saturday, although not as serious as first anticipated the second-row is still expected to miss the remainder on the season.

Glasgow Warriors Head Coach Dave Rennie said: "It'll be a great occasion for Jonny and his family. To have played 100 games for your club and 50 for your country by the age of 25 is unheard of and a testament to Jonny and his work ethic.

"Historically these games have been tasty and it's great that we're going to have a packed, noisy stadium at our backs to carry us through. Everyone knows what's at stake.

"It's the business end of the season now and we've got ourselves in a pretty decent spot but the real fight starts now and the boys are certainly up for it."

Glasgow Warriors

15 Stuart Hogg

14 Tommy Seymour
13 Kyle Steyn
12 Sam Johnson
11 Nikola Matawalu

10 Adam Hastings
9 Ali Price

1 Oli Kebble
2 Fraser Brown
3 Zander Fagerson
4 Robert Harley
5 Jonny Gray
6 Adam Ashe
7 Chris Fusaro (Captain)
8 Matt Fagerson

Substitutes

16 Grant Stewart
17 Jamie Bhatti
18 Siua Halanukonuka
19 Scott Cummings
20 Tevita Tameilau
21 George Horne
22 Peter Horne
23 Robbie Nairn

Unavailable players: Callum Gibbins (head), Nick Grigg (ankle), Huw Jones (knee), Lee Jones (knee), D'arcy Rae (ankle), Matt Smith (shoulder), Tim Swinson (ankle), George Turner (head), DTH van der Merwe (shoulder) and Ryan Wilson (knee)