Bryce starts for visit of Exeter

Bryce starts for visit of Exeter

Glenn Bryce will start at full-back in tomorrow’s crucial Heineken Champions Cup clash with Exeter Chiefs at Scotstoun, as Dave Rennie’s side looks to continue their pursuit of a second successive quarter-final appearance in the top tier of European rugby.

Scotland 7s cap Bryce is one of 11 personnel changes made by Rennie and his coaching team, with the Warriors looking to continue the momentum built by last weekend’s 38-19 victory away to Benetton.

Having come off the bench in Italy last weekend, Oli Kebble starts at loose-head prop to join Fraser Brown and Zander Fagerson in the Glasgow front-row.

Scott Cummings and Jonny Gray both return to the starting XV having been rested for the trip to Treviso, with the Scotland duo paired together for the third successive Heineken Champions Cup match.

Ryan Wilson moves from number eight to blindside flanker in order to accommodate the returning Matt Fagerson, club co-captain Callum Gibbins completing the starting pack.

George Horne is retained at scrum-half following his two-try, man-of-the-match showing in Treviso, with Adam Hastings returning to start at fly-half.

Fresh from scoring the club’s first try of the new decade, Sam Johnson continues at inside centre as December Warrior of the Month Huw Jones is named outside him in the 13 jersey.

Kyle Steyn and Tommy Seymour start on the wings, with Bryce promoted from the bench to start at full-back.

Rennie and his coaches will be able to call upon the service of a vastly experienced replacements bench, which includes three of the club’s five most-capped players of all time.

Rob Harley, Chris Fusaro and Pete Horne combine for 563 appearances between them, with the trio ready to make an impact when called upon tomorrow afternoon.

George Turner is included as the reserve hooker, as Aki Seiuli and Adam Nicol join the Scotland international as the front-row cover.

After scoring in Treviso, Niko Matawalu starts amongst the replacements with Ali Price returning to the matchday 23 to complete the squad.

Speaking ahead of the match, Rennie said: “Glenn’s a very good player, with an excellent skillset. He’s not dissimilar to Hoggy, in that he’s quick, got a good kicking game and is a quality distributor. It gives us a lot of pace on the field.

“He played well at the start of the season before he picked up a couple of knocks, but he deserves his opportunity.

“[Last weekend] was a good chance to freshen a few boys up after the two double-headers – they’ve carried a big toll over the last month. Bruce Flockhart and Tom Gordon were both outstanding but unfortunately picked up a couple of niggles, so they’re unavailable this weekend. It’s good to have guys back fresh and ready to go, however.

“Our fans are great to play in front of – it’s a great atmosphere when it’s a sold-out Scotstoun. We had outstanding support in Benetton this weekend, and we want to give them something to shout about this weekend.”

Glasgow Warriors team to play Exeter Chiefs in the Heineken Champions Cup, Saturday 11 January, kick-off 3.15pm, live on BT Sport 2 and BT Sport Ultimate. You can follow the action in the Live Match Centre on glasgowwarriors.org. Glasgow Warriors appearances in brackets.

1. Oli Kebble (43)
2. Fraser Brown (97)
3. Zander Fagerson (89)
4. Scott Cummings (66)
5. Jonny Gray (108)
6. Ryan Wilson (163)
7. Callum Gibbins (C) (44)
8. Matt Fagerson (58)

9. George Horne (51)
10. Adam Hastings (40)
11. Kyle Steyn (22)
12. Sam Johnson (60)
13. Huw Jones (31)
14. Tommy Seymour (139)
15. Glenn Bryce (25)

Replacements

16. George Turner (43)
17. Aki Seiuli (6)
18. Adam Nicol (16)
19. Rob Harley (225)
20. Chris Fusaro (174)
21. Ali Price (84)
22. Pete Horne (164)
23. Niko Matawalu (123)

Not available due to injury: Andrew Davidson (foot), Bruce Flockhart (back), Tom Gordon (chest), Nick Grigg (head), Siua Halanukonuka (calf), Sean Kennedy (shoulder), Kiran McDonald (hip), Robbie Nairn (knee), D’arcy Rae (hand), Brandon Thomson (calf) and DTH van der Merwe (wrist)

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