Dobie to make first start

Dobie to make first start

Jamie Dobie will make his first start in a Glasgow Warriors jersey, having been selected at scrum-half for tomorrow night’s clash with the Dragons at Scotstoun.

The 18-year-old – who is in his first season as a professional – has made six appearances from the bench so far in 2019/20, having become the first player born in the 21st century to represent the club in the Guinness PRO14.

Dobie’s inclusion in the starting XV is one of six personnel changes made by head coach Dave Rennie, as his side looks to continue its undefeated run in 2020.

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Grant Stewart returns to the matchday squad for the first time since last month’s away win over Benetton, with the former Dalziel hooker packing down between Aki Seiuli and Oli Kebble in the front-row.

Tim Swinson is promoted from the replacements to the starting XV, joining Rob Harley in a second-row containing over 360 club appearances.

After signing a new two-year deal with the club co-captain Ryan Wilson is named at number eight, with the Scotland international flanked by fellow co-captain Callum Gibbins and Leone Nakarawa.

Dobie is partnered in the half-backs by Pete Horne, who continues at fly-half after becoming the sixth player in club history to reach 400 points in last Friday’s victory over Zebre.

Huw Jones returns from Scotland duty to line up at outside-centre, with Nick Grigg shifting to the number 12 jersey to accommodate the former Stormer.

Another returning Scotland squad member lines up on the wing for Rennie’s side, as Ratu Tagive joins Tommy Seymour and Glenn Bryce in the back three.

There’s a potential debutant amongst the replacements for the second week running, with tight-head Ewan Mcquillan in line to make his first appearance since joining on a short-term deal from FOSROC Super6 side Southern Knights.

A two-try showing from the bench last time out sees Mesu Dolokoto retain the number 16 shirt, whilst Andrew Davidson makes a return to the matchday squad since a try-scoring cameo of his own in Treviso last month.

Nick Frisby is included as scrum-half cover, whilst a quartet of centurions – Alex Allan, Chris Fusaro, Ruaridh Jackson and Niko Matawalu – provide an experienced edge to the replacements.

Speaking to glasgowwarriors.org following his selection, Rennie said: “We’ve prepared well for this weekend. We know that it’s the stage in the season where internationals take precedence, but we’ve got great depth and it’s a chance for our boys to step up.

“I thought Jamie [Dobie] was really good off the bench last week. It’s a great opportunity for him – we think he’s got a big future and it’s a chance for him to show that from the start this time out.

“We want to build on the Zebre result – we scored eight tries last week, but we went to sleep for parts of that game. We want to gain control and build some pressure, as well as play with more intensity. We’ve trained with real intensity this week and we’re keen to show that tomorrow night.”

Glasgow Warriors team to play Dragons in the Guinness PRO14, Saturday 22 February, 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. Aki Seiuli (9)
2. Grant Stewart (30)
3. Oli Kebble (45)
4. Rob Harley (228)
5. Tim Swinson (134)
6. Leone Nakarawa (71)
7. Callum Gibbins (C) (45)
8. Ryan Wilson (166)

9. Jamie Dobie (6)
10. Pete Horne (166)
11. Ratu Tagive (10)
12. Nick Grigg (67)
13. Huw Jones (33)
14. Tommy Seymour (141)
15. Glenn Bryce (28)

Replacements

16. Mesu Dolokoto (1)
17. Alex Allan (101)
18. Ewan Mcquillin (0)
19. Andrew Davidson (6)
20. Chris Fusaro (177)
21. Nick Frisby (20)
22. Ruaridh Jackson (161)
23. Niko Matawalu (125)

Not available due to injury: Adam Ashe (calf), Bruce Flockhart (back), Jonny Gray (hand), Siua Halanukonuka (calf), Johnny Matthews (ankle), Kiran McDonald (hip), Stafford McDowall (Calf), Robbie Nairn (knee), D’arcy Rae (hand), Adam Nicol (calf), Brandon Thomson (calf), George Thornton (ankle), Jale Vakalaloma (shoulder), DTH van der Merwe (foot)

International duty: Fraser Brown, Scott Cummings, Matt Fagerson, Zander Fagerson, Tom Gordon, Adam Hastings, George Horne, Sam Johnson, Ali Price, Kyle Steyn, George Turner (all Scotland)

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