Brown to make 100th appearance

Brown to make 100th appearance

Fraser Brown will become the latest player to join the Glasgow Warriors’ Centurions Club this weekend, with the hooker in line to make his 100th appearance for the club at BT Murrayfield tomorrow night.

The club co-captain is named in a starting XV showing three changes from last weekend’s meeting with the capital side, as Head Coach Danny Wilson looks to close out the 2019/20 campaign with a victory over Edinburgh.

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Brown is once again flanked by Oli Kebble and Zander Fagerson in the front-row, the trio having impressed in the loose as well as the set-piece last weekend.

Richie Gray and Scott Cummings continue together in the second-row, following the Scotland pair’s disruptive showing at the lineout last time out.

The only change to the pack sees Tom Gordon promoted from the bench to start at openside, a move that sees Matt Fagerson shift across to number eight and Ryan Wilson named on the blindside.

Behind the scrum, George Horne is handed the number nine jersey after coming off the bench last Saturday, with Adam Hastings continuing at fly-half.

Nick Grigg retains his spot at outside centre, whilst Stafford McDowall comes into the side to start in the number 12 shirt.

The back-three remains unchanged, as Ratu Tagive and Tommy Seymour start on either side of full-back Huw Jones.

A brace of props are in line to make their Glasgow Warriors debuts from the bench, as Charlie Capps and summer arrival Enrique Pieretto are named in a matchday 23 for the first time.

George Turner continues as the replacement hooker, whilst Rob Harley and Chris Fusaro bring the experience of over 400 combined appearances to cover the back-five of the scrum.

Ali Price rotates to the bench after starting last weekend, as does try-scorer Pete Horne.

Rounding out the replacements is former Scotland U20 winger Robbie Nairn, who is named in a Glasgow Warriors matchday squad for the first time since the first match of the 2019/20 season away to the Cheetahs.

Speaking to glasgowwarriors.org, Wilson said: “We wanted to give an opportunity to a few boys we think deserve their shot based on their efforts in training over the last couple of weeks.

“We’ve got one eye on the start of the new season and we know that squad depth is going to be tested more than ever, so it’s another chance for us to look at certain players and combinations.

“At the same time, though, it’s all about continuing to gel and grow as a squad, and we’re looking to build some momentum before the beginning of next season.

“We’re excited to see how Stafford goes in the centre – he’s a young man with a highly impressive skillset, and he’s a major asset to our squad.

“Tom and George both come into the starting XV and they’re both keen to get going from the first whistle this week.

“We’ve worked on a few things we learned from last week, and we’re excited to get back out at BT Murrayfield once again this weekend.”

Glasgow Warriors team to play Edinburgh in the Guinness PRO14, Friday 28 August, kick-off 7.35pm, live on Premier Sports 1. You can follow the action in the Live Match Centre on glasgowwarriors.org. Glasgow Warriors appearances in brackets.

1. Oli Kebble (48)
2. Fraser Brown (C) (99)
3. Zander Fagerson (92)
4. Richie Gray (48)
5. Scott Cummings (69)
6. Ryan Wilson (169)
7. Tom Gordon (18)
8. Matt Fagerson (62)

9. George Horne (56)
10. Adam Hastings (43)
11. Ratu Tagive (12)
12. Stafford McDowall (20)
13. Nick Grigg (70)
14. Tommy Seymour (143)
15. Huw Jones (36)

Replacements

16. George Turner (48)
17. Charlie Capps (0)
18. Enrique Pieretto (0)
19. Rob Harley (231)
20. Chris Fusaro (178)
21. Ali Price (87)
22. Pete Horne (170)
23. Robbie Nairn (9)

Unavailable for selection: Alex Allan, Adam Ashe, Hamish Bain, Mesu Dolokoto, Sam Johnson, Leone Nakarawa, Adam Nicol, Aki Seiuli, Kyle Steyn, Jale Vakaloloma.

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