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.
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).