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February 21, 2020

Glasgow team to face Dragons

Posted by Editor on February 21, 2020 11:53 AM | No comments | Print | E-mail author

Jamie Dobie makes his first start for Glasgow
Dave Rennie has named his Glasgow team to take on Dragons at Scotstoun tomorrow night.

Jamie Dobie will make his first start in a Glasgow Warriors jersey. The 18-year-old - who is in his first season as a professional - has made six appearances from the bench so far in 2019/20, having become the first player born in the 21st century to represent the club in the Guinness PRO14.

Dobie's inclusion in the starting XV is one of six personnel changes made by head coach Dave Rennie, as his side looks to continue its undefeated run in 2020.

Grant Stewart returns to the matchday squad for the first time since last month's away win over Benetton, with the former Dalziel hooker packing down between Aki Seiuli and Oli Kebble in the front-row.

Tim Swinson is promoted from the replacements to the starting XV, joining Robert Harley in a second-row containing over 360 club appearances.

After signing a new two-year deal with the club co-captain Ryan Wilson is named at number eight, with the Scotland international flanked by fellow co-captain Callum Gibbins and Leone Nakarawa.

Dobie is partnered in the half-backs by Peter Horne, who continues at fly-half after becoming the sixth player in club history to reach 400 points in last Friday's victory over Zebre.

Huw Jones returns from Scotland duty to line up at outside-centre, with Nick Grigg shifting to the number 12 jersey to accommodate the former Stormer.

Another returning Scotland squad member lines up on the wing for Rennie's side, as Ratu Tagive joins Tommy Seymour and Glenn Bryce in the back three.

There's a potential debutant amongst the replacements for the second week running, with tight-head Ewan McQuillan in line to make his first appearance since joining on a short-term deal from FOSROC Super6 side Southern Knights.

A two-try showing from the bench last time out sees Mesu Dolokoto retain the number 16 shirt, whilst Andrew Davidson makes a return to the matchday squad since a try-scoring cameo of his own in Treviso last month.

Nick Frisby is included as scrum-half cover, whilst a quartet of centurions - Alex Allan, Chris Fusaro, Ruaridh Jackson and Nikola Matawalu - provide an experienced edge to the replacements.

Speaking to glasgowwarriors.org following his selection, Rennie said: "We've prepared well for this weekend. We know that it's the stage in the season where internationals take precedence, but we've got great depth and it's a chance for our boys to step up.

"I thought Jamie (Dobie) was really good off the bench last week. It's a great opportunity for him - we think he's got a big future and it's a chance for him to show that from the start this time out.

"We want to build on the Zebre result - we scored eight tries last week, but we went to sleep for parts of that game. We want to gain control and build some pressure, as well as play with more intensity. We've trained with real intensity this week and we're keen to show that tomorrow night."

Glasgow Warriors

15 Glenn Bryce

14 Tommy Seymour
13 Huw Jones
12 Nick Grigg
11 Ratu Tagive

10 Peter Horne
9 Jamie Dobie

1 Aki Seiuli
2 Grant Stewart
3 Oli Kebble
4 Robert Harley
5 Tim Swinson
6 Leone Nakarawa
7 Callum Gibbins
8 Ryan Wilson

Substitutes

16 Mesu Dolokoto
17 Alex Allan
18 Ewan McQuillan
19 Andrew Davidson
20 Chris Fusaro
21 Nick Frisby
22 Ruaridh Jackson
23 Nikola Matawalu

Not available due to injury: Adam Ashe (calf), Bruce Flockhart (back), Jonny Gray (hand), Siua Halanukonuka (calf), Kiran McDonald (hip), Stafford McDowall (Calf), Robbie Nairn (knee), D'arcy Rae (hand), Adam Nicol (calf), Jale Vakaloloma (shoulder), DTH van der Merwe (foot)