Grigg returns for visit of Munster

Grigg returns for visit of Munster

Glasgow Warriors Head Coach Danny Wilson is able to call upon the services of Nick Grigg for Monday night’s Guinness PRO14 clash with Munster, following the centre’s full release from Scotland’s Autumn Nations Cup squad.

The 28-year-old is one of four changes to the starting XV from Glasgow’s most recent outing, as the Warriors prepare for a first meeting with Munster since October 2018.

Enrique Pieretto continues at tight-head prop after making his first start against Ulster last time out, the Argentinian joining Aki Seiuli and Grant Stewart in an unchanged front-row.

Having made his club debut off the bench in Belfast, Lewis Bean will make his first start for Glasgow Warriors alongside Rob Harley in the engine room.

The back-row unit is retained for the fourth successive match, as captain Ryan Wilson and Tom Gordon line up either side of number eight TJ Ioane.

Sean Kennedy will make his first start at Scotstoun since November 2012, the scrum-half lining up alongside Pete Horne in the half-backs.

Grigg’s inclusion in the number 13 jersey sees Robbie Fergusson shift across to inside centre, the Scotland 7s star having been named in the Guinness PRO14 Team of the Round for his performance against Ulster.

Tommy Seymour and Robbie Nairn both come into the back three after missing the match in Belfast, with Glenn Bryce retaining the full-back shirt.

After his late cameo against Ulster, Caleb Korteweg is in line to make his first home appearance for Glasgow Warriors after being named amongst the replacements for Monday night’s encounter.

The scrum-half is one of two changes to the bench, the other seeing Niko Matawalu rotate to the replacements after starting last time out.

Alex Allan and D’arcy Rae are once again named as the replacement props, joining Johnny Matthews as the front-row cover for Monday night.

Hamish Bain makes his fourth consecutive appearance in a Glasgow matchday 23, with Fotu Lokotui named in the number 20 jersey.

The replacements are completed by Brandon Thomson, the South African having come off the bench in both of Glasgow’s two most recent fixtures.

Speaking to glasgowwarriors.org, Head Coach Danny Wilson said: “Munster are a good side and a tough challenge, but we know we have the players to be able to go out there and execute.

“It’s nice to welcome Nick [Grigg] back into the squad. Although he’ll be disappointed to have been released by Scotland, tomorrow is a chance for him to get game time and he’s keen to come out and make an impact in the midfield.

“Caleb [Korteweg] stepped up for us last weekend and he gets the chance to the same again tomorrow night.

“We're at home this weekend and we want to put on a display our supporters would be proud of."

Glasgow Warriors team to play Munster in the Guinness PRO14, Monday 23 November, kick-off 8.15pm, live on Premier Sports 1. You can follow the action in the Live Match Centre on glasgowwarriors.org.

1. Aki Seiuli (16)
2. Grant Stewart (35)
3. Enrique Pieretto (4)
4. Lewis Bean (1)
5. Rob Harley (236)
6. Ryan Wilson (C) (175)
7. Tom Gordon (23)
8. TJ Ioane (3)

9. Sean Kennedy (9)
10. Pete Horne (175)
11. Robbie Nairn (11)
12. Robbie Fergusson (3)
13. Nick Grigg (75)
14. Tommy Seymour (148)
15. Glenn Bryce (30)

Replacements

16. Johnny Matthews (4)
17. Alex Allan (106)
18. D’arcy Rae (75)
19. Hamish Bain (3)
20. Fotu Lokotui (4)
21. Caleb Korteweg (1)
22. Brandon Thomson (26)
23. Niko Matawalu (132)

Unavailable due to injury: Jamie Dobie, Richie Gray, Adam Hastings, Paddy Kelly, Kiran McDonald, Stafford McDowall, Leone Nakarawa, Adam Nicol, Kyle Steyn.

International duty: Fraser Brown, Scott Cummings, Matt Fagerson, Zander Fagerson, Adam Hastings, George Horne, Sam Johnson, Huw Jones, Oli Kebble, Ali Price, George Turner.

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