GLASGOW WARRIORS head coach Franco Smith has made five changes to the starting XV he sent out against Perpignan last weekend ahead of tomorrow night’s 1872 Cup first leg clash against Edinburgh at Scotstoun.
In the backline, club captain Kyle Steyn returns on the left wing in place of Rufus McLean, Stafford McDowall takes over from Huw Jones at inside-centre, and Tom Jordan replaces Duncan Weir at stand-off.
There are two changes in the pack, with Fraser Brown starting ahead of the benched George Turner at hooker, and Sintu Manjezi preferred to Lewis Bean in the second-row.
A six-two split on the bench features Cameron Neild, who returns to the match-day 23 after missing out on last Friday’s match.
“Last weekend’s win over Perpignan was another important step in our growth as a squad,” said Smith. “To get the bonus-point win was pleasing, but we know that we can still be much better in our performance and in our processes across the pitch.
“Everyone involved with the club is looking forward to this match. Training this week has been highly competitive and has made this one of our toughest selections of the season to date.
“Edinburgh will provide a stern test for us, and we’re prepared for a highly physical test across the next fortnight.”
Glasgow Warriors (v Edinburgh at Scotstoun, Friday 23rd December, kick-off 7.35pm): J McKay: S Cancelliere ©, S Tuipulotu, S McDowall, K Steyn; T Jordan, G Horne; J Bhatti, F Brown, M Walker, S Manjezi, R Gray, M Fagerson, S Vailanu, J Dempsey. Substitutes: G Turner, N McBeth, S Berghan, J du Preez, L Bean, C Neild, A Price, D Miotti.
Unavailable for selection: Scott Cummings (foot), Rory Darge (ankle), Allan Dell (calf), Zander Fagerson (hamstring), Thomas Gordon (calf), Oli Kebble (shoulder), Jack Mann (head), Enrique Pieretto (chest), Alex Samuel (back), Ross Thompson (ankle), Ryan Wilson (knee).