Glasgow v Edinburgh countdown: Huw Jones on wing for Warriors

Five changes in total to home side's starting XV

Huw Jones has signed a new two-year deal with Glasgow Warriors Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Huw Jones has signed a new two-year deal with Glasgow Warriors. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.ukImage: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

HUW JONES has been shifted from his usual position in the centre to line-up on the wing for Glasgow Warriors in their 1872 Cup first leg clash against Edinburgh at Scotstoun tomorrow night, after Ollie Smith (knee) joined Sebastian Cancelliere (neck) and Kyle Steyn (ankle) on the list of back-three players who are currently unavailable due to injury.

Facundo Cordero is fit again after completing his rehabilitation on an ankle injury sustained in pre-season but has not been deemed ready to make his debut for the club.

Head coach Franco Smith has made five changes in total to the side which defeated Bayonne in the Champions Cup last weekend, with both Richie Gray and Scott Cummings added to the second-row, Sione Vailanu and Rory Darge coming into a reshuffled back-row alongside Ally Miller, and Stafford McDowall stepping into the slot vacated by Jones in midfield.


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Free-scoring Johnny Matthews is named alongside Nathan McBeth and Oli Kebble as the front-row cover, with second-row Greg Peterson set to feature in the fixture for the first time since December 2017, whilst both Max Williamson and Henco Venter are named amongst a six-two split of forwards and backs on the bench. The back replacements are Ben Afshar and Tom Jordan.

“We have prepared well all week following our return from Bayonne, and every player in the squad put their hand up to strongly compete for selection,” said Smith.

“This group continues to drive each other forward and demand the best from each other, with everyone keen to end this block of fixtures on a high over the next two weeks.

“We know that Scotstoun has been sold-out for weeks in advance of this match – it will be a special atmosphere tomorrow night.”

 

Glasgow Warriors (versus Edinburgh at Scotstoun Stadium in the URC  on Friday at 7.35pm UK time): J McKay; H Jones, S Tuipulotu©, S McDowall, K Rowe; R Thompson, G Horne; J Bhatti, G Turner, Z Fagerson, S Cummings, R Gray, A Miller, R Darge, S Vailanu. Substitutes: J Matthews, N McBeth, O Kebble, G Peterson, M Williamson, H Venter, B Afshar, T Jordan.

Unavailable for selection: Fraser Brown (knee), Gregor Brown (knee), Sebastian Cancelliere (neck), Jack Dempsey (face), Jamie Dobie (ankle), Matt Fagerson (face), Sintu Manjezi (foot), JP du Preez (knee), Ollie Smith (knee), Lucio Sordoni (shoulder), Kyle Steyn (ankle), Murphy Walker (knee).


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9 Comments

  1. I did wonder why McKay was preferred at FB to Smith past couple of weeks…reality is probably the other way round in that both Jones and Smith were preferred options for the wing?? Strange with back 3 almost interchangeable these days to have Jones at wing.

    • That’s Smith’s choice. Sounds like he could have picked Cordero. And Logan Trotter is on the books. Smith must feel that Jones is the right man for this game. Though I don’t think it is risk-free. Excellent though Jones is, not sure he really has the pace to play wing.

  2. You would’ve hoped that the current Glasgow winger shortage would have have simply allowed the best ypung winger (preferably SQ) from the S6 to step up to the pro ranks (at least temporarily)

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    • Or given resent precedent surely big Duhan, being a British and Irish Lion, should be getting the bus along the M8 to provide cover for an area the Warriors are sparse in. Until the end of the season of course. I mean fairs fair.

    • They will likely have 1 or 2 people from S6 in training already in preparation for the Six Nations break.

  3. As good a team as the Warriors can field at present given all the injuries. Shame we have to break up the Scotland centre partnership to play Huw Jones on the wing although Stafford won’t let anyone down and is a big old unit as well which helps. Would prefer Jones and Josh McKay to swap positions as I feel McKay is more comfortable of the two out wide, however there may be some interplay on the night.

    We have lost Domingo Minotti, Cole Forbes and Ali Price from the backs roster since last year and have made no experienced replacements. I hope this underinvestment won’t come back to bite us tomorrow and also during the rest of the season.

    Here’s hoping for a good open game, some spicy festive niceties between the two packs and please no early Christmas presents given to big Duhan this year.

    • Hopefully provides more opportunities for Youth such as Afshar to step up, Franco was pretty good and bringing in young talent last year.

  4. Despite all Glasgow’s injuries this is a strong team, but Edinburgh team looking impressive too. Hope we can get our line out maul drive working again!

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