URC: Connacht v Glasgow: Kyle Rowe to make Warriors debut in Galway

Head coach Franco Smith makes four changes to starting side he sent out for last week's home win over Leinster

Kyle Rowe, training with Scotland in this picture, will make his Glasgow Warriors debut against Connacht tomorrow [Saturday] afternoon. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Kyle Rowe, training with Scotland in this picture, will make his Glasgow Warriors debut against Connacht tomorrow [Saturday] afternoon. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

KYLE ROWE will make his Glasgow Warriors debut in tomorrow afternoon’s URC round two clash against Connacht in Galway after being named on the wing by head coach Franco Smith. 

The Scotland internationalist’s selection is one of four changes to the side which started in last weekend’s 43-25 win over Leinster, with World Cup returnees George Horne (who scored off the bench last week),  Richie Gray and Sione Valianu coming in at scrum-half, second-row and openside flanker respectively. Jamie Dobie, Greg Peterson and Rory Darge rotate onto the bench.

“We’re looking forward to this weekend’s challenge – we’re keen to take the learnings from last weekend and our experiences from last season to build on our performance,” said head coach Franco Smith.


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“Connacht play an enterprising brand of rugby and are capable of causing the best defences problems, and will defending a proud home record in Galway

“Our preparations this week have been focused on what we need to do to reach the level we want to reach – this is only week two of the season and it is important that we keep building.”

Meanwhile, Connacht head coach Pete Wilkins has made two changes to his starting XV for this match following last week’s bonus point win over the Ospreys, with experienced full-back Tiernan O’Halloran coming in for his first appearance of the season at 15, while Niall Murray is handed a start in the swedcond-row after coming off the bench last week.

 

Glasgow Warriors (versus Connacht at The Sportsground Stadium in the BKT United Rugby Championship on Saturday at 3pm): J McKay; K Rowe, H Jones, S McDowall, K Steyn ©; T Jordan, G Horne; O Kebble, A Fraser, Z Fagerson, S Cummings, R Gray, G Brown, S Vialanu, H Venter. Substitutes: J Matthews, N McBeth, L Sordoni, G Peterson, A Miller, R Darge,, J Dobie, D Weir.

Unavailable for selection: Fraser Brown (knee), Facundo Cordero (ankle), Euan Ferrie (ankle), JP du Preez (knee), Murphy Walker (calf).

 

Connacht: T O’Halloran; B Ralston, T Farrell, C Forde, D Kilgallen; J Hanrahan, C Blade ©; D Buckley, D Tierney-Martin, J Aungier, N Murray, J Joyce, C Prendergast, S Hurley-Langton, J Butler. Substitutes: T McElroy, P Dooley, D Robertson-McCoy, D Murray, O Dowling, C Reilly, L McNamara, C Oliver .


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3 Comments

  1. He could be a major asset for Glasgow this season and I’m pleased to see him get his chance. I’m also pleased to see he’s had a haircut – might make him less wind-resistant. Interesting also to see Smith almost doing a Rassie by going for a 6-2 split on the bench!

    • Smith has had a 6-2 split every game with Glasgow except for maybe 1 or 2. Works well just wish it wasn’t Wier on the bench

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      • We need stand off cover, Dobie covers scrum half and wing and Jordan would move to centre. Hopefully Ross Thomson can push into contention this season.

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