Strauss named captain for Harlequins test

Josh Strauss will captain the Warriors against Harlequins this afternoon as Gregor Townsend’s squad get their pre-season campaign underway against the Aviva Premiership side at Scotstoun (kick-off 3.30pm).Josh Strauss

Peter Murchie continues where he left off at the end of last season, starting the game at full-back, with Rory Hughes occupying the left wing berth.

Lee Jones starts on the right wing, just a few days after agreeing a new one-year deal with the club.

New signing James Downey makes his Glasgow debut and starts at inside centre, combining with Mark Bennett for the first time in midfield.

Duncan Weir is given the nod at stand-off, with former Warriors EDP Murray McConnell starting the game at scrum-half, after returning to the club in the summer as a full professional.

In the front-row Alex Allan has been handed his Glasgow debut at loose-head, while Euan Murray starts his second-spell at the club at tight-head.

Jonny Gray and Leone Nakarawa combine in the second-row, with captain Strauss at number 8, alongside James Eddie and Tyrone Holmes in the back-row.

The Warriors have 11 in reserve, including Canadian backs DTH van der Merwe and Connor Braid and Fijian pair Niko Matawalu and Jerry Yanuyanutawa.

New South African prop Rossouw de Klerk is also included among the replacements, along with 22-year-old hooker Fergus Scott, who’s in line to make his first appearance for the club.

Tickets are available from the ticket office at Scotstoun until kick-off, priced at £10 for adults and £5 for concessions in any part of the stadium.

 

Glasgow Warriors team to play Harlequins:

15. Peter Murchie

14. Lee Jones

13. Mark Bennett

12. James Downey

11. Rory Hughes

10. Duncan Weir

9. Murray McConnell

 

1. Alex Allan

2. Fraser Brown

3. Euan Murray

4. Jonny Gray

5. Leone Nakarawa

6. James Eddie

7. Tyrone Holmes

8. Josh Strauss (Captain)

 

Replacements:

Connor Braid

DTH van der Merwe

Peter Horne

Niko Matawalu

Adam Ashe

Chris Fusaro

Rob Harley

Rossouw de Klerk

Fergus Scott

Pat MacArthur

Jerry Yanuyanutawa