Champions Cup: Harlequins v Glasgow: Sione Tuipulotu returns for Warriors

Kyle Steyn returns on the wing to captain the side with head coach Franco Smith making five changes to starting line-up

Sione Tuipulotu's return from injury is a boost to Glasgow Warriors ahead of Friday night's Champions Cup round of 16 clash against Harlequins at Twickenham Stoop. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Sione Tuipulotu's return from injury is a boost to Glasgow Warriors ahead of Friday night's Champions Cup round of 16 clash against Harlequins at Twickenham Stoop. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

GLASGOW WARRIORS have been boosted by the return from injury of centre Sione Tuipulotu for tomorrow [Friday] night’s European Champions Cup round of 16 clash against Harlequins at Twickenham Stoop. The 27-year-old has been out action since injuring his knee during Scotland’s Six Nations win over England in late February, but has made a quicker than initially anticipated recovery given the initial prognosis of a 10 to 12 week lay-off.

His selection in the No 12 jersey means that Tom Jordan shifts in one place to stand-off and Duncan Weir drops to the bench and Duncan Munn missing out on the match-day 23. The other backline change sees Kyle Steyn return from a rest week to captain the side from the right wing in place of Sebastian Cancelliere, who has a knee injury.

In the pack, Johnny Matthews swaps in at hooker for the benched Gregor Hiddleston, while internationals Matt Fagerson and Jack Dempsey return from a week off to link-up with fellow Scotland squad member Rory Darge in the back-row.


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That means Ally Miller and Henco Venter drop to the bench and Tom Gordon and Gregor Brown drop out the squad, with head coach Franco Smith sticking to a six-two split. Oli Kebble is named ahead of Allan Dell as loose-head cover on the bench,.

 

Glasgow Warriors (v Harlequins in the Champions Cup at Twickenham Stoop on Friday @ 8pm): J McKay; K Steyn ©, S McDowall, S Tuipulotu, K Rowe; T Jordan, G Horne; N McBeth, J Matthews, Z Fagerson, M Williamson, S Cummings, M Fagerson, R Darge, J Dempsey. Replacements: G Hiddleston, O Kebble, L Sordoni, S Manjezi, A Miller, H Venter, J Dobie, D Weir.

Unavailable for selection: Jamie Bhatti (foot), Fraser Brown (knee), Sebastian Cancelliere (knee), Richie Gray (bicep), Huw Jones (hand), Jack Mann (ankle), JP du Preez (knee), Ollie Smith (knee), Sione Vailanu (knee).

 

Harlequins: T Green; L Lynagh, O Beard, A Esterhuizen, C Murley; F Baxter, J Walker, W Collier, I Herbst, G Hammond, S Lewies, W Evans, A Drombrandt. Replacements: S Riley, J Marler, D Lewis, J Launchbury, W Trenholm, T Lawday, M Green, C Anderson.


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6 Comments

  1. Looking good. Glad Sione is back as their 12/13 are huge. Quins are a real mixed bag up and down all the time. Hope we can put them under pressure and turn this into a Quins down day… Go Glasgow…

  2. Looking forward to this and so is my much-loved Chinese takeaway, as I plonk myself in front of the telly for a Friday evening treat that hopefully will extend beyond sweet and sour prawns. Eleven caps starting – and possibly a full house after the summer tour – plus three more on the bench, a further seven on the treatment table and one more not even making the match-day 23. This squad has depth that in years gone by it it could never possibly have dreamt of.

    Big trouble for Quins with Tuipolotu back in action and I just hope he’s fully fit because this is an earlier return than I dared hope for. That three-quarter line looks lethal even minus Huw Jones, with a midfield of Jordan, Big Staff and Sione screaming physicality. No doubt it will be raring to join the rolling maul when the time comes, which it inevitably will.

    Turner is not listed as injured so this may be the shape of things to come, with Choo-choo driving the train and Hiddleston on the bench. What a vote of confidence in the young fellow to be chosen for such an occasion. The selection of Williamson is likewise pleasing, for he is the coming man and has already brushed aside the other contenders to start alongside Cummings. Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

    The demotion of Weir in itself suggests an intent, for the veteran lies too deep to attack aggressively. It would therefore seem that all the eggs are going into this basket, the dice are loaded and – win or lose – the boys certainly aren’t going to die wondering. Go Glasgow, gie ’em laldie!

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    • Turner is listed as injured. he is out for a couple of months. Fracture in foot suffered playing for Scotland

  3. Good to see Tuipolotu back – that physical midfield will be need to contain Smith & Esterhuizen.

    Is George Turner injured?

  4. Strong 23…. Should be a cracking game, but don’t really care on how free flowing it is as long as we stay on it for 80 minutes and turn them over!

    #whatever it takes….

    Another knee injury in Cancelliere??

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