Harley to make 200th appearance

Harley to make 200th appearance

Rob Harley will become the first player in Glasgow Warriors history to reach a double century of appearances against Cardiff Blues at Scotstoun this Sunday.

The 28-year-old signed for Glasgow in 2010 and has been a key member of the squad ever since, scoring a try in the triumphant 2015 PRO12 Final.

Just as comfortable playing in the back-row as he is in the second-row, Harley broke Graeme Morrison’s’ club appearance record against Munster last season and will reach another milestone when he leads the team out on Sunday.

Co-captain Ryan Wilson will also reach a personal milestone against Cardiff Blues playing his 150th game for the club.

Wilson and Harley both joined the Warriors at the same time and Harley made his debut coming on for Wilson against Leinster at Firhill.

Scott Cummings, Callum Gibbins and Matt Fagerson join the pair as the back-five of the scrum.

Oli Kebble and D’Arcy Rae return to the starting XV as two of 11 changes to last weekend’s defeat to Benetton. Grant Stewart once again starts at Hooker.

Brandon Thomson starts at fly-half outside of Ali Price and Nick Grigg comes in to partner Sam Johnson in midfield.

It’s a brand new back-three with Stuart Hogg, DTH van der Merwe and Tommy Seymour all returning.

The last remaining tickets for the game, including some good Main Stand seats and £15 standing tickets, are available HERE.

Glasgow Warriors Head Coach Dave Rennie said: “Rob and Ryan are both bloody good men who are really passionate about this club.

“They’re good quality people and are highly respected within the group. It’ll be a special day for them and their families.

“Obviously the last three weeks have been disappointing, but we’ve created a lot of opportunities in those games and just haven’t been as clinical as we’ve needed to be and the quality of our decision making hasn’t been good enough.

“It’s hurt us but there’s no sense of panic, we need to be sharper and we know this is a massive game for us in the context of Europe and we’ve picked the side accordingly.”

Glasgow Warriors team to play Cardiff Blues in the Heineken Champions Cup, Scotstoun Stadium, Sunday 13 January, kick-off 3.15pm - live on BT Sport 3. You can follow the game on Twitter @GlasgowWarriors. Glasgow Warriors appearances in brackets:

1. Oli Kebble (23)
2. Grant Stewart (15)
3. D’Arcy Rae (55)
4. Rob Harley (199)
5. Scott Cummings (47)
6. Ryan Wilson (CC) (149)
7. Callum Gibbins (CC) (29)
8. Matt Fagerson (38)

9. Ali Price (68)
10. Brandon Thomson (16)
11. DTH van der Merwe (111)
12. Sam Johnson (44)
13. Nick Grigg (52)
14. Tommy Seymour (125)
15. Stuart Hogg (113)

Replacements

16. Kevin Bryce (19)
17. Alex Allan (83)
18. Petrus du Plessis (5)
19. Tim Swinson (119)
20. Chris Fusaro (156)
21. George Horne (33)
22. Adam Hastings (22)
23. Lee Jones (81)

Players unavailable through injury: Fraser Brown (knee), Alex Dunbar (thigh), Zander Fagerson (ankle), Jonny Gray (shoulder), Siua Halanukonuka (calf), Pete Horne (knee), Niko Matawalu (illness), Robbie Nairn (knee) and George Turner (ankle).

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