Hogg returns for Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final

Hogg returns for Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final

Stuart Hogg will start at full-back for Glasgow Warriors against Saracens in tomorrow’s Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final at Allianz Park.

The 26-year-old plays for the first time since injuring his shoulder in Scotland’s Guinness Six Nations game against Ireland.

Kyle Steyn scored his first try for the club in last weekend’s victory over the Cheetahs at Scotstoun. He switches from centre to wing this Saturday with Rory Hughes completing the back-three.

Sam Johnson returns from international duty to start at inside centre, Stafford McDowall moves to thirteen having also got on the scoresheet against the Cheetahs.

Ali Price is brought back into the starting XV and combines with Adam Hastings in the half-backs.

It is an unhanged pack from last Saturday’s game at Scotstoun.

George Horne has returned from injury to be selected among the replacements and Jonny Gray will also look to make an impact off the bench.

Meanwhile, following consultation with a specialist, George Turner has been stepped down from playing duties for the remainder of the season having sustained consecutive concussions.

The Hooker will continue to work with the club’s medical team and strength and conditioning coaches to prepare himself for a return to action.

In other injury news, Nick Grigg has successfully undergone surgery at BMI Ross Hall on an ankle injury sustained playing for the national side. The centre is expected to be out of action for up to eight weeks.

Glasgow Warriors Head Coach Dave Rennie said: “It’s a massive weekend and exactly the kind of game we want to be competing in.

“We know Saracens well having played them twice already this season. We tested them for big chunks of those games and know that if we play at our best for 80 minutes we have the firepower to make it to the semi-finals.”

Glasgow Warriors team to take on Saracens, Heineken Champions Cup Quarter-Final, Allianz Park, Saturday 30 March, kick-off 3.15pm (live on BT Sport). Glasgow Warriors appearances in brackets.

1. Oli Kebble (28)
2. Fraser Brown (84)
3. Zander Fagerson (75)
4. Tim Swinson (126)
5. Scott Cummings (53)
6. Rob Harley (206)
7. Callum Gibbins (C) (31)
8. Matt Fagerson (42)

9. Ali Price (71)
10. Adam Hastings (26)
11. Rory Hughes (44)
12. Sam Johnson (46)
13. Stafford McDowall (12)
14. Kyle Steyn (4)
15. Stuart Hogg (115)

Replacements

16. Kevin Bryce (24)
17. Jamie Bhatti (41)
18. Siua Halanukonuka (28)
19. Jonny Gray (98)
20. Chris Fusaro (161)
21. George Horne (36)
22. Pete Horne (153)
23. Niko Matawalu (111)

Unavailable players: Bruce Flockhart (back), Nick Grigg (ankle), Huw Jones (knee), Lee Jones (knee) Kiran McDonald (back), D’Arcy Rae (ankle), Tommy Seymour (ribs), Matt Smith (shoulder), George Turner (head), DTH van der Merwe (shoulder) and Ryan Wilson (knee).

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