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November 08, 2019

Glasgow team to take on Zebre

Posted by Editor on November 8, 2019 11:13 AM | No comments | Print | E-mail author

Chris Fusaro starts for the first time this season
Dave Rennie has named his Glasgow team for tomorrow's PRO14 meeting with Zebre in Parma.

There are eight changes to the starting XV that ran out against Southern Kings at Scotstoun, which sees four further Scotland squad members return to club duty following the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Ryan Wilson will skipper Warriors for the first time this season, while Fraser Brown comes into the side at hooker, packing down between two of last weekend's try-scorers in Oli Kebble and Zander Fagerson.

Having played a part in all four of Scotland's matches in Japan, Scott Cummings comes back into the Glasgow fold to partner Tim Swinson in the second-row.

Chris Fusaro starts at openside for the first time this season to join the returning Wilson on the flanks, with Matt Fagerson the sole surviving member of the back-row.

George Horne and Adam Hastings continue at half-back, with the latter having contributed four conversions to the 50-0 victory at Scotstoun last weekend.

A new-look centre partnership sees Sam Johnson start in the number 12 jersey, with Kyle Steyn running out at 13 for the first time in the new campaign.

After his try-scoring cameo from the bench last weekend, Ratu Tagive starts for the Warriors for the first time in 20 months, with DTH van der Merwe retaining his place on the other wing.

Tommy Seymour completes the starting line-up, as the Scotland international comes into the side at full-back.

The front-row replacements are unchanged from the victory over the Kings, with George Turner, Alex Allan and D'arcy Rae all retaining their place in the matchday 23.

Cummings' inclusion sees Kiran McDonald rotate to the bench, with Tom Gordon wearing the number 20 shirt.

Nick Frisby joins the replacements after missing last weekend's win, with Ruaridh Jackson and Huw Jones rounding out the squad.

Speaking about his selection, Glasgow Warriors Head Coach Dave Rennie, said: "We're keen to get some of the international boys some footy before Europe and freshen up a handful of guys who have played quite a bit for us recently.

"Tommy (Seymour) played well for us at 15 in a big game in Europe last season, and we feel he has the skill set to put in another strong performance in the position this weekend.

"Zebre are a handful. We're well aware of the threats they pose. They're prepared to play a bit of rugby and have a smart kicking game, so we'll have to be alert to all of that."

Glasgow Warriors

15 Tommy Seymour

14 Ratu Tagive
13 Kyle Steyn
12 Sam Johnson
11 DTH van der Merwe

10 Adam Hastings
9 George Horne

1 Oli Kebble
2 Fraser Brown
3 Zander Fagerson
4 Tim Swinson
5 Kiran McDonald
6 Ryan Wilson (Captain)
7 Chris Fusaro
8 Matt Fagerson


16 George Turner
17 Alex Allan
18 D'arcy Rae
19 Kiran McDonald
20 Tom Gordon
21 Nick Frisby
22 Ruaridh Jackson
23 Huw Jones

Not available due to injury: Siua Halanukonuka (calf), Peter Horne (calf), Lee Jones (hamstring), Sean Kennedy (foot), Ali Price (foot), Grant Stewart (back), Jale Vakaloloma (shoulder)