Gibbins to make debut at Scotstoun

Callum Gibbins will make his debut in Dave Rennie’s first game at Scotstoun Stadium this Saturday as Glasgow Warriors take on the Ospreys in the Guinness PRO14, kick-off 3.15pm, live on Sky Sports Arena.

Gibbins, who arrived from Super Rugby side the Hurricanes this summer, starts at open-side flanker, the same position he played for the Wellington side against the British & Irish Lions back in June. 

The 28-year old scored a try in the 31-31 thriller and his opponent in red that day, Finn Russell, returns to Warriors colours this weekend starting at fly-half.

Joining Gibbins in the back-row is captain Ryan Wilson and Man of the Match against Connacht, Adam Ashe.

The tight-five is the same which started the game in Galway. Jamie Bhatti, George Turner, Zander Fagerson, Tim Swinson and Scott Cummings all packing down.

Try scorer and creator at the Sportsgrond, Ali Price partners Finn Russell in the half backs as Peter Horne moves outside to join Alex Dunbar at centre.

Rory Hughes comes into the back-three alongside Ruaridh Jackson and Lee Jones, who also got on the scoreboard last Saturday. 

On the bench Pat MacArthur, Brian Alainu’uese and Nick Grigg are all included for the first time this season.

The last remaining standing tickets for the game are available HERE.

Glasgow Warriors Head Coach, Dave Rennie said: “It's important that we create competition for places. We’ve got a big group of men who have been working really hard and it’s exciting for us to get a look at them under a bit of heat.

“Being in charge of my first home game will be really special. I’ve heard a lot about it, we’ve got great support here and I’m expecting the supporters to be really vocal.

“Finn (Russell) is a special player, he’s excited and has been working really hard. I’ve coached some pretty good 10s around the world and I think Finn could be as good as anyone. I’m looking forward to seeing him run the ship tomorrow.

“Callum (Gibbins) is in fantastic nick. I know the boys here are loving him, he’s a leader and has a fantastic work ethic. He’ll be really physical on the weekend; I know how pumped he is. It’s not easy to leave New Zealand but he’s totally committed and the fans will love him, and his mullet!”

Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that centre Paddy Kelly has successfully undergone ankle surgery at BMI Ross Hall Hospital following an injury sustained playing for Glasgow Hawks in the BT Premiership last weekend.

He is expected to be out of action for around 12-16 weeks. Glasgow Warriors would like to thank the staff at BMI Ross Hall Hospital for their quick consultancy. 

Glasgow Warriors team to play Ospreys in the Guinness PRO14 at Scotstoun Stadium, Saturday 9 September, live on Sky Sports Arena (kick-off 3.15pm). You can also follow the action on Twitter @GlasgowWarriors. Glasgow Warriors appearances in brackets:

15. Ruaridh Jackson (114)
14. Lee Jones (55)
13. Alex Dunbar (100)
12. Peter Horne (116)
11. Rory Hughes (32)
10. Finn Russell (64)
9. Ali Price (43)

1. Jamie Bhatti (7)
2. George Turner (1)
3. Zander Fagerson (51)
4. Tim Swinson (98)
5. Scott Cummings (18)
6. Ryan Wilson (128) CAPTAIN
7. Callum Gibbins (0)
8. Adam Ashe (40)

Replacements:

16: Pat MacArthur (155)
17. Oli Kebble (1)
18. D'arcy Rae (24)
19. Brian Alainu’uese (16)
20. Matt Fagerson (10)
21. Henry Pyrgos (126)
22. Nick Grigg (21)
23. Leonardo Sarto (9)

Players unavailable for selection: Rob Harley (foot), Adam Hastings (thigh), Sam Johnson (head), Lelia Masaga (calf), Greg Peterson (knee), Fraser Brown (ankle), Jonny Gray (wrist), Stuart Hogg (shoulder), Paddy Kelly (ankle), Ratu Tagive (achilles), Richie Vernon (achilles) and Samuela Vunisa (knee).