Gray in line for 50th appearance

Gray in line for 50th appearance

Richie Gray will make his 50th appearance in a Glasgow Warriors jersey should he come off the bench against the Scarlets this weekend, after being named amongst the replacements for the club’s first home game of the 2020/21 season.

Danny Wilson has made three changes to his starting XV for Sunday night’s fixture, which will be played behind closed doors at Scotstoun.

Zander Fagerson makes his first start of the new campaign after missing last weekend’s trip to Galway, lining up alongside Oli Kebble and co-captain Fraser Brown in the front-row.

The engine room is unchanged from round one, meaning Rob Harley and Scott Cummings continue their partnership for a third successive match.

Ryan Wilson and Matt Fagerson retain their spots in the back-row, with Tom Gordon coming into the side to start on the openside.

The half-backs comprise of Ali Price and Adam Hastings once more, as the pair look to dictate play under the Scotstoun floodlights.

Fresh from scoring the club’s first try of the 2020/21 season, Nick Grigg continues alongside Stafford McDowall in the centres.

Fellow try-scorers Tommy Seymour and Huw Jones – maker of more metres than any other player in round one – are likewise retained in the starting lineup, as Ratu Tagive is promoted from the bench to start on the wing.

D’arcy Rae rotates to the bench for Sunday’s clash after playing the full 80 minutes last weekend, joining George Turner and Aki Seiuli as the front-row replacements.

Similarly, Chris Fusaro will provide vast experience if called upon from the bench, with Gray completing the contingent of forward cover.

George and Pete Horne once again start in the 21 and 22 jerseys respectively, as Flying Fijian Niko Matawalu comes into the matchday squad for the first time this season.

Speaking to glasgowwarriors.org, Head Coach Danny Wilson said: “It’s great to welcome back Tom and Zander back into the starting line-up.

“They have completed their isolation protocols and are eager to play.

"Scarlets like to play a similar style of attacking rugby to ourselves, and with both sides looking to make amends from last weekend it should make for an entertaining game.

“Everyone is really excited to get back out playing at Scotstoun after such a long time away.”

Glasgow Warriors team to play Scarlets in the Guinness PRO14, Sunday 11 October, kick-off 5.15pm, 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 (50)
2. Fraser Brown (C) (101)
3. Zander Fagerson (93)
4. Rob Harley (233)
5. Scott Cummings (71)
6. Ryan Wilson (170)
7. Tom Gordon (19)
8. Matt Fagerson (64)

9. Ali Price (89)
10. Adam Hastings (45)
11. Ratu Tagive (14)
12. Stafford McDowall (22)
13. Nick Grigg (72)
14. Tommy Seymour (145)
15. Huw Jones (38)

Replacements

16. George Turner (50)
17. Aki Seiuli (12)
18. D’arcy Rae (72)
19. Richie Gray (49)
20. Chris Fusaro (180)
21. George Horne (58)
22. Pete Horne (172)
23. Niko Matawalu (128)

Unavailable for selection: Sam Johnson, Lee Jones, Sean Kennedy, Kyle Steyn.

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