1872 Cup: seven changes to Glasgow Warriors starting XV

Murphy Walker to make first professional start at loose-head prop

Murphy Walker will make his first start for Glasgow Warriors at loose-head prop. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Murphy Walker will make his first start for Glasgow Warriors at loose-head prop. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

DANNY  WILSON has made seven changes to his starting XV for tomorrow night’s 1872 Cup clash against Edinburgh at Scotstoun.

Murphy Walker will make his professional start at loose-head prop, having been part of Scotland’s Six Nations training squad this week, and he is joined in the front-row by Johnny Matthews and Simon Berghan. Fit again Scott Cummings has also been released by Scotland to link-up with Richie Gray in the second-row. Meanwhile, Thomas Gordon comes in at open-side, with captain Ryan Wilson at blindside and Jack Dempsey in the back-row.

Behind the scrum, Jamie Dobie and Duncan Weir are the half-backs, Stafford McDowall and Robbie Fergusson form a new look midfield, while Sebastian Cancelliere comes in on the right wing in place of the injured Ollie Smith, with Josh McKay shifting to full-back and Cole Forbes completing the back-three line-up. Sione Tuipulotu has been released by Scotland and is named on the bench.


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“Edinburgh had a good win against Connacht two weeks ago and they’re a side who are playing a good brand of rugby and scoring a lot of tries,” said head coach Wilson

“After a tough away game to Scarlets, we’re looking forward to being back at Scotstoun in front of a sold-out crowd and bouncing back with an improved performance.

“We’ve had a good week of training and were pleased to welcome back some of our Scotland players towards the end of the week.

“Both sides are tied on points in the league. Tomorrow’s game and the remaining league games are going to have a big bearing on league position and qualification for both Europe and the URC play-offs.”

 

Glasgow Warriors (v Edinburgh at Scotstoun Stadium, Friday @ 7.35pm): J McKay, S Cancelliere, R Fergusson, S McDowall, C Forbes; D Weir, J Dobie; M Walker, J Matthews, S Berghan, S Cummings, R Gray, R Wilson (captain), T Gordon, J Dempsey. Substitutes: G Stewart, N McBeth, E McQuillin, K McDonald, A Miller, J Lenac, R Thompson, S Tuipulotu.

Unavailable for selection list: Lewis Bean, Jamie Bhatti, George Horne, Oli Kebble, Sean Kennedy, Tom Lambert, Rufus McLean, Enrique Pieretto, Ollie Smith.

International duty: Rory Darge, Matt Fagerson, Zander Fagerson, Sam Johnson, Ali Price, George Turner.

 

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4 Comments

  1. I wonder if Toonie has done Glasgow a favour by picking Kinghorn and making him unavailable for Edinburhh? Van Der Walt is much more predictable at 10 than Kinghorn so maybe easier for Glasgoo to defend against.

  2. I find it unexplainable that Danny Wilson cannot see that the non functioning Dobbie – Weir axis was one of the main reasons Glasgow slumped against Scarlets 2 weeks ago. Slow service, no running threat and hoofing the ball to the opposition brought them back into the game. Mike Blair on the other hand has proved to be very astute and will doubtless plan to pressurise the Glasgow half backs to get free ball for Immelman, Moyano and Boffelli to run back.
    Up front Glasgow would appear to have an edge to start with however that could easily evaporate with the power on the Edinburgh bench and if Danny Wilson continues to sub Glasgow’s best performing forwards as he has done against Exeter and Scarlets.
    Glasgow need to get a stranglehold early on up front, get some points on the board and then dictate where the game is played and it’s pace. If not I can see the Edinburgh backs coming more into the game either using ball kicked directly to them or in the air via Henry’s boot.
    It’s just a pity that both teams are shorn of so many first team starters however we are where we are due to covid and available slots in the calendar.
    Glasgow forwards vs Edinburgh backs? Who would have ever thought that would be a reasonably accurate statement? Overall too close to call.

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  3. Interesting to see who’s been released back to the clubs from last weeks starting 23 for Scotland.

    Hodgson, Vellacott and Bradbury to Edinburgh and Tuipuloto to Glasgow. Fraser Brown seems to have disappeared completely as he’s not listed as injured or on Scotland duty.

    Bennet and Haining must be in the Scotland squad?

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