Bulumakau handed first start of the season in 1872 Cup

Junior Bulumakau has been handed his first start of the season, when the Warriors travel to BT Murrayfield to play Edinburgh Rugby on Boxing Day.Junior Bulumakau will start for Glasgow against Edinburgh at BT Murrayfield

The winger, who came off the bench to score a try in the defeat to the Ospreys at Scotstoun last month, replaces Tommy Seymour in the back-three.

Stuart Hogg continues at full-back, while Alex Dunbar moves to inside centre and Mark Bennett comes in for Sam Johnson in the midfield.

Lee Jones once again starts on the left wing to face his former club.

Finn Russell will wear the Number 10 shirt following back-to-back man of the match performances against Racing 92.

Co-captain Henry Pyrgos comes into the starting XV in place of Ali Price, who is named on the bench.

Alex Allan replaces Gordon Reid at loose-head, with Fraser Brown and Zander Fagerson continuing at tight-head and hooker respectively.

Brian Alainu'uese comes in for Tim Swinson in the engine room and links up with co-captain Jonny Gray.

Rob Harley and Josh Strauss continue in the back-row, while Simone Favaro returns to the side in place of Ryan Wilson.

Fresh from signing a new two-year deal this week, Adam Ashe could make his first appearance in a Glasgow Warriors shirt since May after recovering from injury.

Tickets for the game are available from 1872Cup.org and supporters can book return bus tickets from Glasgow until midnight tonight.

Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend said: “We always look forward to the 1872 Cup matches and Monday’s game will be a special occasion.

“We’re expecting a really tough match and we have been working hard to improve this week and deliver our best performance of the season at BT Murrayfield." 

Glasgow Warriors team to play Edinburgh Rugby in the Guinness PRO12 at BT Murrayfield, Monday 26 December live on BBC Two Scotland (kick-off 4.05pm). You can also follow the action on Twitter @GlasgowWarriors. Glasgow Warriors appearances in brackets:

15. Stuart Hogg (92)
14. Junior Bulumakau (5)
13. Mark Bennett (60)
12. Alex Dunbar (90)
11. Lee Jones (43)
10. Finn Russell (55)
9. Henry Pyrgos CO-CAPTAIN (114)

1. Alex Allan (36)
2. Fraser Brown (56)
3. Zander Fagerson (42)
4. Brian Alainu'uese (5)
5. Jonny Gray CO-CAPTAIN (65)
6. Rob Harley (148)
7. Simone Favaro (25)
8. Josh Strauss (100) 

Replacements

16. Pat MacArthur (143)
17. Ryan Grant (108)
18. Sila Puafisi (33)
19. Adam Ashe  (29)
20. Chris Fusaro (114)
21. Ali Price (33)
22. Nick Grigg (8)
23. Sean Lamont (105)

Not available due to injury: Scott Cummings (shoulder), Peter Horne (knee / ankle), Rory Hughes (knee), Greg Peterson (shoulder), Leonardo Sarto (shoulder), Tjiuee Uanivi (shoulder) and Richie Vernon (shoulder).

Written by
Jeremy Bone