Dave Rennie rings the changes for Glasgow’s clash with Leinster

Huw Jones and Jonny Gray among nine personnel changes from last week

Pete Horne and Dave Rennie at training this week. Image: © Craig Watson. www.craigwatson.co.uk

HUW Jones, Jonny Gray and Ali Price all make their returns to Glasgow’s starting line-up for tomorrow night’s PRO14 match against Leinster, while several key players have been rested. Adam Hastings gives way at stand-off to Pete Horne, Pete’s brother George is omitted from the squad, with Nick Frisby providing scrum-half cover for Price, and George Turner takes over at hooker from Fraser Brown, with Grant Stewart covering.

In all, the starting line-up includes nine players who did not begin last week’s Champions Cup defeat by Exeter Chiefs, while there are also several positional alterations. Ruaridh Jackson comes in at full-back as an indirect replacement for the injured winger Ratu Tagive, with Tommy Seymour moving from 15 to the right wing. DTH van der Merwe also misses out through injury, with his place on the left wing going to Niko Matawalu. 

In the front row, D’Arcy Rae begins at tighthead in place of Zander Fagerson, while Aki Seiuli is in line to make his Warriors debut as a loosehead replacement. Gray and Tim Swinson are the second-row partnership instead of Cummings, who is injured, and Rob Harley, who moves to the back row as an indirect replacement for Matt Fagerson. With Callum Gibbons still out injured, Ryan Wilson retains the captaincy for the clash with the Conference A leaders.

Nine players are listed as unavailable due to injury: Cummings (knee), Bruce Flockhart (knee), Gibbins (shoulder), Siua Halanukonuka (calf),  Lee Jones (calf), Sean Kennedy (foot), Van der Merwe (knee), Tagive (hamstring) and Jale Vakaloloma (shoulder).

Glasgow Warriors (v Leinster at Scotstoun, Saturday 7.35pm): Ruaridh Jackson; Tommy Seymour, Huw Jones, Sam Johnson, Niko Matawalu; Pete Horne, Ali Price; Oli Kebble, George Turner,  D’Arcy Rae, Tim Swinson, Jonny Gray, Rob Harley, Chris Fusaro, Ryan Wilson (captain). Subs: Grant Stewart, Aki Seiuli, Adam Nicol, Kiran McDonald, Adam Ashe, Nick Frisby, Stafford McDowall, Kyle Steyn.

Leinster: Hugo Keenan; Adam Byrne, Jimmy O’Brien, Conor O’Brien, Cian Kelleher; Ross Byrne, Jamison Gibson-Park; Peter Dooley, James Tracy, Michael Bent, Ross Molony, Devin Toner, Josh Murphy, Will Connors, Caelan Doris. Subs: Bryan Byrne, Ed Byrne, Jack Aungier, Oisín Dowling, Scott Penny, Hugh O’Sullivan, Ciarán Frawley, Fergus McFadden.

Referee: Craig Evans (Wales).

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