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December 27, 2019

Four changes for Glasgow

Posted by Editor on December 27, 2019 11:55 AM | No comments | Print | E-mail author

Ratu Tagive returns after injury
Glasgow Warriors Head Coach Dave Rennie has made four alterations to his starting XV ahead of tomorrow's match with Edinburgh, as his side heads east in search of back-to-back victories over the capital outfit this season.

A thrilling 20-16 win at Scotstoun last weekend means that the Warriors head to BT Murrayfield knowing that a first win there since 2016 will see them reclaim the 1872 Cup, as well as earn the club valuable points in their Guinness PRO14 Conference.

Oli Kebble comes into the side at loose-head prop in the only change to the starting pack, as Fraser Brown and last weekend's man-of-the-match Zander Fagerson continue in the front-row.

The industrious pairing of Jonny Gray and Scott Cummings are once again selected in the second-row, the Scotland duo having impressed around the park on Saturday night.

An unchanged back-row sees Robert Harley and Callum Gibbins line up on the flanks, with Ryan Wilson packing down at number eight.

After his try-scoring impact at Scotstoun, Ali Price is promoted to the starting XV to partner Adam Hastings at half-back.

Sam Johnson and Huw Jones continue together in the centres, the latter's break having led to Price's try last time out.

A brace of changes on the wing sees DTH van der Merwe and Ratu Tagive return to the starting line-up, as Ruaridh Jackson retains the full-back shirt for a second successive match.

Kebble's inclusion in the starting team sees Aki Seiuli rotate to the bench, with the New Zealander joining match-winning try-scorer George Turner and Adam Nicol as the front-row cover.

Adam Ashe and Tom Gordon continue as the loose-forward replacements, having made an impact from the bench last weekend.

Nick Grigg and Niko Matawalu also retain their places amongst the replacements, whilst George Horne is in line to make his 50th appearance for the club from the bench.

Speaking ahead of the match, Rennie said: "Mentally the break has been good for the boys - it's a good chance for them to spend time with their family. They've trained well since coming back in and are in good shape.

"Oli (Kebble) has probably been our number one choice at loose-head, and Aki has really shown us what he's all about over the last couple of weeks. Tomorrow is a chance for Oli to come back in and make a statement.

"Ratu played superbly earlier in the season before his injury, and he deserves his chance. DTH has missed out in the last couple of weeks due to our depth in the wide channels, and we're looking for the pair of them to go well.

"Hopefully half the crowd are in our colours tomorrow! It's a special atmosphere - BT Murrayfield is a magnificent ground. We know what to expect from Edinburgh, we just need to do what we did last week and be patient with ball in hand."

Glasgow Warriors

15 Ruaridh Jackson

14 Ratu Tagive
13 Huw Jones
12 Sam Johnson
11 DTH van der Merwe

10 Adam Hastings
9 Ali Price

1 Oli Kebble
2 Fraser Brown
3 Zander Fagerson
4 Scott Cummings
5 Jonny Gray
6 Robert Harley
7 Callum Gibbins
8 Ryan Wilson

Substitutes

16 George Turner
17 Aki Seiuli
18 Adam Nicol
19 Adam Ashe
20 Tom Gordon
21 George Horne
22 Nick Grigg
23 Nikola Matawalu

Not available due to injury: Siua Halanukonuka (calf), Sean Kennedy (shoulder), Kiran McDonald (hip), Robbie Nairn (knee), D'arcy Rae (hand), Tommy Seymour (head) and Brandon Thomson (calf)