McAlpine makes first start as Wilson returns to captain in Italy

Glasgow Warriors travel to Parma to face Zebre tomorrow afternoon and after making his debut off the bench last week, Robert McAlpine comes into the starting line-up, joining Rob Harley in the second-row.Ryan Wilson will captain the Warriors in Parma tomorrow

Ryan Wilson returns to the side as captain, having missed the victory in Newport. He’ll start at number 8 in Parma, with Josh Strauss moving across the back-row to blindside and last week’s Man of the Match Fraser Brown once again starts on the open flank.

The newest Glasgow Warriors centurion Sean Lamont starts for the first time this season on the right wing having reached a century of caps against Connacht on the opening weekend. Lee Jones is named as the other winger and Peter Murchie retains his spot at full-back.

It is a brand new centre partnership with Sam Johnson and Nick Grigg combining in midfield for Glasgow for the first time, after teaming up for Stirling County last weekend.

Ali Price and Rory Clegg who came on as replacements last weekend, will once again combine in the half-backs, the scrum-half getting on the score board the last time he started a match, which was against Cardiff Blues three weeks ago.

Corey Flynn, who opened his Warriors try-scoring account against the Dragons, starts his second consecutive game at hooker and he is joined in the front-row by Gordon Reid and Sila Puafisi.

On the bench Leonardo Sarto could feature against his former club should he come on whilst BT Sport Scottish Academy second-row Callum Hunter-Hill could make his Warriors debut.

Stuart Hogg returns to the match-day 23 having been rested last week and Grayson Hart is the replacement scrum-half.

Brothers Zander and Matt Fagerson have the opportunity to play together for the Warriors for the first time as they both start on the bench. James Malcolm and Djustice Sears-Duru complete the replacements.

Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend said: “Robert McAlpine has worked hard since he joined us last week and we look forward to him playing alongside Rob Harley. Callum Hunter-Hill impressed us with his workrate during pre-season against Harlequins, and now has an opportunity to make an impact from the bench in a GUINNESS PRO12 game.

 “Zebre have shown that they are very strong at home, with a narrow defeat to Cardiff a couple of weeks ago and an impressive first-half performance against Connacht the previous week. Unfortunately for them, the match was then postponed and I’m sure that they will be very determined to carry on this home form against us. We will have to be accurate and work hard to win out in Parma.”

Glasgow Warriors team to play Zebre at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi. Saturday 8 October (kick-off 5.05pm) - Not on TV, follow all the action on Twitter @GlasgowWarriors. (Glasgow Warriors caps in brackets):

15. Peter Murchie (103)
14. Sean Lamont (100)
13. Nick Grigg (3)
12. Sam Johnson (13)
11. Lee Jones (36)
10. Rory Clegg (9)
9. Ali Price (25)

1. Gordon Reid (98)
2. Corey Flynn (4)
3. Sila Puafisi (25)
4. Robert Harley (141)
5. Robert McAlpine (1)
6. Josh Strauss (92)
7. Fraser Brown (50)
8. Ryan Wilson (114) CAPTAIN


16. James Malcolm (13)
17. Djustice Sears-Duru (1)
18. Zander Fagerson (37)
19. Callum Hunter-Hill* (0)
20. Matt Fagerson* (2)
21. Grayson Hart (25)
22. Stuart Hogg (86)
23. Leonardo Sarto (4)

Not available due to injury: Adam Ashe (hip / foot), Mark Bennett (head), Scott Cummings (shoulder), Alex Dunbar (back / knee), Simone Favaro (shoulder), Chris Fusaro (knees), Ryan Grant (back), Peter Horne (hand), Greg Peterson (shoulder), Henry Pyrgos (neck), Tim Swinson (ribs), Tjiuee Uanivi (shoulder) and Richie Vernon (shoulder).

* BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy Stage 3 Player


Written by
Jack Reid