1872 Cup: Rufus McLean returns for Glasgow

George Turner and Tom Gordon also come back into starting line-up for derby

Rufus McLean in action for Glasgow Warriors against Ulster last month. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Rufus McLean in action for Glasgow against Ulster. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

RUFUS McLEAN is back in the Glasgow side to face Edinburgh tomorrow – one of three changes made by Danny Wilson from the team that began the Challenge Cup loss to Lyon a fortnight ago.

Left-winger McLean takes over from Cole Forbes in the only change to the back division from that 35-27 defeat in France. Up front, George Turner is at hooker instead of Johnny Matthews, while in the back-row Tom Gordon is at openside in place of Ally Miller.

Miller is one of nine players named as unavailable for selection along with Fraser Brown, Sebastian Cancelliere, Scott Cummings, Rory Darge, Matt Fagerson, Oli Kebble, Kyle Steyn and Duncan Weir.

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McLean has been out of action for three months with a groin injury, but is the sort of game-changer who could be crucial in what should be a tight encounter. “We played some outstanding rugby in the first leg of the 1872 Cup at Scotstoun to earn a 30-17 lead, but we know that we’ll need to up our level again to get the job done on Saturday,” Warriors coach Danny Wilson said.

“Edinburgh are a side who have gone very well at home this season.

“We’ve had a number of games on the road recently; however, as this match is being played just along the M8 we know our supporters will turn out in force which is massively exciting and motivating for our players.

“It’s great to welcome Rufus McLean and Thomas Gordon back into the starting side. Thomas returns after a short term injury and Rufus has worked really hard with our performance staff to be ready for this game.

“Derbies are the biggest games of the season and with a lot riding on this game it certainly lives up to the billing.”


Glasgow Warriors (v Edinburgh at BT Murrayfield, Saturday 6.30pm): O Smith; J McKay, S Tuipulotu, S Johnson, R McLean; R Thompson, A Price; J Bhatti, G Turner, Z Fagerson, R Harley, R Gary, R Wilson (captain), T Gordon, J Dempsey. Substitutes: J Matthews, N McBeth, S Berghan, K McDonald, G Brown, J Dobie, D Miotti, S McDowall.


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  1. both teams have about 8 unavailable who would if fit expect to be in the match day 23. Edinburgh’s depth in the back 5 of the pack renders those missing not a big deal. The front row subs for Edinburgh are weaker than the Glasgow ones in 2 out of the 3 positions

  2. Pretty much as strong as we can field just now. Edinburgh may have home’ish advantage but Glasgow look to have a team closer to full strength. It should be a close encounter, hopefully in a good way.
    A lot of acres to cover and a different surface to what both teams are used to, the kick game should be interesting, but oddly, space could be at a premium as both sides seek to slow down opposition ball and it becomes a bit of a wrestle. Glasgow will expect to be comfortable on the touchline, Edinburgh need to mix that up to keep them guessing and mix up the tempo. As usual with both teams, unforced errors and penalties will be crucial.
    Could be one for the purists, not in a good way, decided by the referee’s interpretation on the day. Hope not, fingers crossed. Edinburgh by 14? : )


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