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May 18, 2023

Glasgow team to face Toulon

Posted by Editor on May 18, 2023 09:49 AM | No comments | Print | E-mail author

JP du Preez starts for Glasgow
Franco Smith has named his Glasgow team to take on Toulon in tomorrow's European Challenge Cup Final at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin (ko 8.00pm).

A match day 23 containing 18 internationals will take to the field as the Aviva Stadium plays host to the Glasgow's first-ever European final.

Fresh from signing a contract extension with the club earlier this week, Fraser Brown comes in to start at hooker. He is packing down between Jamie Bhatti and Zander Fagerson in an all-Scotland front-row.

Scott Cummings starts alongside JP du Preez in the second-row. The pair resuming the partnership that started the semi-final victory over the Scarlets in Llanelli.

An all-action back-row sees Sione Vailanu and Matt Fagerson paired together on the flanks. Also in the back row, the tournament's top carrier, Jack Dempsey, lines up at number eight.

Domingo Miotti is named in the number 10 jersey. Meanwhile, George Horne - scorer of more points this season than any other Warrior - starts at scrum-half.

Sione Tuipulotu and Huw Jones combine in the centres, the former having been named in the BKT United Rugby Championship Elite XV for 2022/23.

In addition, Kyle Steyn leads the side from the wing, with Sebastian Cancelliere and Ollie Smith rounding out the starting XV in an unchanged back-three.

The tournament's leading try-scorer, Johnny Matthews, is selected amongst the replacements for Glasgow Warriors. He joins Nathan McBeth and Simon Berghan as the front-row replacements.

Having made his 100th appearance in Glasgow colours last time out, Richie Gray rotates to the bench. Lewis Bean pulls on the number 20 shirt for his final appearance for the club before departing in the summer.

Meanwhile, Rory Darge is another to switch to the bench after starting last time out as the back-rower completes the cohort of six forwards amongst the replacements. Ali Price and Stafford McDowall completing the matchday 23 for the Warriors.

Speaking following selection, Head Coach Smith told "This week's training has been highly competitive, with every player putting their hand up for selection and pushing each other forward.

"Toulon will provide a stern test, and they are a team that know how to play in finals rugby.

"We're excited for the challenge that lies in wait and we know we need to be at our best in Dublin tomorrow night."

Glasgow Warriors

15 Ollie Smith

14 Sebastian Cancelliere
13 Huw Jones
12 Sione Tuipulotu
11 Kyle Steyn (Captain)

10 Domingo Miotti
9 George Horne

1 Jamie Bhatti
2 Fraser Brown
3 Zander Fagerson
4 JP du Preez
5 Scott Cummings
6 Matt Fagerson
7 Sione Vailanu
8 Jack Dempsey


16 Johnny Matthews
17 Nathan McBeth
18 Simon Berghan
19 Richie Gray
20 Lewis Bean
21 Rory Darge
22 Ali Price
23 Stafford McDowall