Benetton v Glasgow: Kyle Steyn returns as Wilson names strong Warriors side

Head coach Danny Wilson has blended experience with youth in his team selection for Rainbow Cup campaign opener

Kyle Steyn will make his comeback for Glasgow Warriors this weekend after more than a year out with hamstring issues. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Kyle Steyn will make his comeback for Glasgow Warriors this weekend after more than a year out with hamstring issues. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

KYLE STEYN will play his first game in just under 14 months when he lines up on the left wing for Glasgow Warriors against Benetton on the opening weekend of the Rainbow Cup tomorrow [Saturday] afternoon.

Warriors head coach Danny Wilson has taken a different approach to Edinburgh counterpart Richard Cockerill by naming most of his available senior players in the side, including international hooker Fraser Brown at openside flanker.

There is a smattering of youth mixed in there as well, especially across the backline, with Ross Thompson once again at stand-off, Rufus McLean on the right wing, and Cole Forbes returning from injury to wear the No15 jersey.


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Meanwhile, academy prospect Tom Lambert (a loose-head prop), and flanker Rory Darge – who has made an early switch from Edinburgh – are set to make their debuts off the bench.

“The Rainbow Cup presents an opportunity for us to get back to playing rugby and it’s good to have the full squad together for this block of games,” said Wilson.

“We’re pleased to be welcoming Kyle back from a long-term injury. He’s a powerful attacking threat and we look forward to seeing him back out in a Warriors jersey.

“It’s great to have a number of our young players included throughout the squad and it’s good to see the likes of Tom Lambert and Rory Darge selected in the matchday 23 for the first time.

“Our recent win against Benetton will not represent the challenge we will face. Benetton at home are a formidable challenge and we look forward to meeting that challenge in Italy tomorrow.”

Glasgow Warriors (v Benetton at Stadio Comunale di Monigo, Saturday @ 1pm): C Forbes; R McLean, N Grigg, S Johnson, K Steyn; R Thompson, G Horne; O Kebble, G Turner, Z Fagerson, R Gray, R Harley, F Lokotui, F Brown, R Wilson. Replacements: G Stewart, T Lambert, D Rae, L Nakarawa, R Darge, A Price, I Keatley, O Smith.

Unavailable through injury: Alex Allan, Scott Cummings, Matt Fagerson, Chris Fusaro, Adam Hastings, Huw Jones, Sean Kennedy, Kiran McDonald, Enrique Pieretto, Aki Seiuli, Tommy Seymour.


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2 Comments

  1. Great to see Kyle back for this game. Hope he can quickly get back to the really impressive levels he was approaching before he got crocked. This is a very strong looking Warriors team and I hope they can put a marker performance down.

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