Jones to make first appearance of the season

Jones to make first appearance of the season

Glasgow Warriors winger Lee Jones will make his first appearance for the club in 22 months, after being named in Danny Wilsonโ€™s side to take on Cardiff Blues tomorrow night.

The 32-year-old has not pulled on a Glasgow jersey since a 9-3 win over the Ospreys at Scotstoun in January 2019 due to injury and the COVID-19-enforced suspension of the 2019/20 season, with the man from Selkirk in line for his 83 rd outing for the Warriors.

Jones is one of three changes to the starting lineup that took to the field against Munster on Monday night, as Wilsonโ€™s men go in search of a first win in five matches.

The front row is unchanged for the third match in succession, as Aki Seiuli and Enrique Pieretto pack down on either side of hooker Grant Stewart.

Kiran McDonald comes back into the starting XV having missed Monday nightโ€™s clash, joining Lewis Bean in a formidable second-row pairing.

McDonaldโ€™s inclusion sees Rob Harley shift to the blindside, Tom Gordon and Ryan Wilson completing the back row.

Sean Kennedy and Pete Horne once again continue as the half-backs, whilst Robbie Fergusson and Nick Grigg are retained as the midfield partnership.

Jones is joined in the back three by the returning Ratu Tagive, with Glenn Bryce retaining the full-back shirt after his try-scoring performance against Munster.

Thereโ€™s a return to the Glasgow matchday 23 for Jamie Dobie following injury, as the teenage scrum-half is included after missing the clubโ€™s last two fixtures.

Huw Jones is also selected amongst the replacements following his release from Scotland camp, lining up in the 23 jersey for the trip to Rodney Parade.

Johnny Matthews, Alex Allan and Dโ€™arcy Rae continue as the front row cover, with Fotu Lokotui and Brandon Thomson also retained in the squad.

The replacements are completed by Samoan international TJ Ioane, who rotates to the bench after four consecutive starts in the back row.

Speaking about his selection, Head Coach Danny Wilson told glasgowwarriors.org: "This weekend we welcome back guys like Lee, Jamie, Kiran from injury, and Huw Jones returns from Scotland camp.

"For 70 minutes last week it was a two point game and we fell away at the end. Tomorrow is a real opportunity for us to improve on our recent performances.

"We know the Blues will present a tough test for us, and we know that we'll need to bring the energy and intensity I know this squad is capable of."

Glasgow Warriors team to face Cardiff Blues in the Guinness PRO14, Sunday 29 November, kick-off 7.35pm, live on Premier Sports 2. You can follow the action in our Live Match Centre at glasgowwarriors.org.

1. Aki Seiuli (17)
2. Grant Stewart (36)
3. Enrique Pieretto (5)
4. Lewis Bean (2)
5. Kiran McDonald (27)
6. Rob Harley (237)
7. Tom Gordon (24)
8. Ryan Wilson (C) (177)

9. Sean Kennedy (10)
10. Pete Horne (176)
11. Ratu Tagive (18)
12. Robbie Fergusson (4)
13. Nick Grigg (76)
14. Lee Jones (82)
15. Glenn Bryce (31)

Replacements

16. Johnny Matthews (5)
17. Alex Allan (107)
18. Dโ€™arcy Rae (76)
19. Fotu Lokotui (5)
20. TJ Ioane (4)
21. Jamie Dobie (10)
22. Brandon Thomson (27)
23. Huw Jones (41)

Unavailable due to injury: Chris Fusaro, Richie Gray, Adam Hastings, Stafford McDowall, Leone Nakarawa, Tommy Seymour, Kyle Steyn.

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

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