Six changes for Dragons clash
Glasgow Warriors Head Coach Danny Wilson has named a starting XV showing six changes from the bonus-point victory over Edinburgh at BT Murrayfield last time out, as his side travels to take on the Dragons tomorrow night.
With Rodney Parade undergoing work on its pitch prior to the 2021/22 campaign, Wilson’s men will instead make a first trip to the Cardiff City Stadium since October 2011, when a Sean Lineen-led squad claimed a bonus-point victory over then-tenants Cardiff Blues.
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The front row sees George Turner retain his place at hooker after a Player of the Match-winning performance last time out, as props Aki Seiuli and Zander Fagerson come into the starting lineup.
Scott Cummings returns to the squad after missing the visit to BT Murrayfield, taking his place alongside Rob Harley in the engine room.
An unchanged back-row sees captain Ryan Wilson and Rory Darge line up on the flanks, with Matt Fagerson – a try-scorer on his last outing – starting at number eight.
Behind the scrum, Ross Thompson continues in the number 10 jersey, whilst Ali Price comes back into the matchday squad to start at scrum-half.
Sam Johnson starts in the midfield having missed the double-header with Edinburgh, with Nick Grigg starting his eighth consecutive match at outside-centre.
Cole Forbes – who has made more metres with ball in hand than all bar three players in the Rainbow Cup to date - is another to return to the matchday 23, as Kyle Steyn and Adam Hastings complete the back three.
The bench sees Tom Lambert included in his fourth successive matchday squad after impressing against Edinburgh a fortnight ago, the loose-head joining international duo Fraser Brown and Enrique Pieretto as the front row cover.
Kiran McDonald wears the 19 jersey, whilst Fotu Lokotui also comes back into the 23 to cover the back row positions.
George Horne and Stafford McDowall each rotate to the bench having started at BT Murrayfield, the former having touched down for one of the Warriors’ four tries on the night.
The replacements are completed by Rufus McLean, as the Scotland U20 star is included in a matchday 23 for the first time since the Challenge Cup clash with Montpellier at the start of April.
Speaking following selection, Head Coach Danny Wilson told glasgowwarriors.org: “After two good back to back wins against Edinburgh we’re looking forward to taking the field again this weekend.
“We’ve named a side that continues to blend our young players with seasoned internationals.
“Rory Drage has earned the opportunity to go again after his performance against Edinburgh and it’s great to be able to welcome Aki Seiuli and Scott Cummings back from injury.
“We’re excited for the challenge that Dragons will bring tomorrow evening.”
Glasgow Warriors team to face Dragons in the Guinness PRO14 Rainbow Cup, Saturday 29 May, kick-off 7.35pm, live on Premier Sports 1. You can follow the action in our Live Match Centre at glasgowwarriors.org.
1. Aki Seiuli (27)
2. George Turner (60)
3. Zander Fagerson (100)
4. Rob Harley (250)
5. Scott Cummings (76)
6. Ryan Wilson (C) (190)
7. Rory Darge (2)
8. Matt Fagerson (69)
9. Ali Price (96)
10. Ross Thompson (12)
11. Cole Forbes (4)
12. Sam Johnson (70)
13. Nick Grigg (89)
14. Kyle Steyn (29)
15. Adam Hastings (51)
16. Fraser Brown (107)
17. Tom Lambert (3)
18. Enrique Pieretto (18)
19. Kiran McDonald (35)
20. Fotu Lokotui (12)
21. George Horne (64)
22. Stafford McDowall (26)
23. Rufus McLean (8)
Unavailable for selection: Alex Allan, Hamish Bain, Jamie Dobie, Chris Fusaro, TJ Ioane, Huw Jones, Oli Kebble, Ian Keatley, Robbie Nairn, Tommy Seymour.