PREVIEW: Glasgow Warriors v Canada 'A'

Glasgow Warriors will be looking to finish their pre-season preparations with a flourish this evening, when they take on Canada ‘A’ in Stirling.Nemia Kenatale will make his Glasgow Warriors debut this evening

The game is to be played at Bridgehaugh, the home of Stirling County RFC, with the Warriors looking to fine-tune elements of their game prior to their opening GUINNESS PRO12 match against Connacht this weekend.

Gregor Townsend has named a team with a healthy mix of youth and experience for tonight’s encounter, with Peter Murchie to captain the side from full-back.

Elsewhere, Fijian scrum-half Nemia Kenatale will make his debut for the club, whilst Lee Jones returns to action following his exploits on the sevens circuit over the summer.

Prop Jarrod Firth could make his debut for the Warriors from the bench.

There will be a strong Stirling County connection this evening, as past and present County players Callum Hunter-Hill, Nick Grigg and Fraser Lyle all run out for Glasgow at Bridgehaugh.

As well as Hunter-Hill, a number of club players will have the chance to make their mark, with the likes of Matt Fagerson, Sam Thomson and George Horne all included in the match day squad.

Canada coach Mark Anscombe has made seven changes to his side after their high-scoring 48-38 defeat to Ulster, as they look to finish their tour strongly.

Warriors prop Djustice Sears-Duru will line up against his club-mates, with the 22-year-old keeping his place in the Canadian front-row after an impressive showing against Ulster.

There will also be a return to Bridgehaugh for Canada’s Gordon McRorie. The scrum-half, who scored a brace of tries at the Kingspan Stadium, played for both Stirling County and Stirling University before moving to Canada in 2011, and has since gone on to become a key man for Anscombe’s side.

Tonight will see the two sides face each other for the second pre-season in succession. Last year, the Warriors made the trip to Nova Scotia to face a Canadian side gearing up for the impending Rugby World Cup. Despite tries from Glenn Bryce and Junior Bulumakau, Gregor Townsend’s men were ultimately edged out 19-12 by the hosts, with former Warrior DTH van der Merwe scoring what ultimately proved to be the winning try.

Tickets for tonight’s game will be available at Bridgehaugh prior to kick-off, priced at £15 for adults and £5 for under-18s. Turnstiles open at 6pm, with kick-off at 7.35pm.

Written by
Craig Wright