Worcester v Glasgow: Sam Johnson returns for clash of the Warriors

George Horne, Scott Cummings and Simon Berghan also come into visitors' line-up

Sam Johnson
Sam Johnson starts for Glasgow Warriors against their Worcester namesakes on Friday evening. Image: ©Craig Watson.

SCOTLAND internationals Sam Johnson and George Horne go straight into Glasgow’s back division for tomorrow night’s pre-season friendly at Worcester after sitting out last week’s defeat by Newcastle. Johnson partners Sione Tuipulotu in midfield, with Stafford McDowall moving from centre to full-back and Cole Forbes coming on to the left wing. Scrum-half Horne and stand-off Ross Thompson are preferred at half-back to last week’s starting duo, Duncan Weir and Sean Kennedy.

The pack also features two Scotland caps who were not involved in the 12-7 loss to the Falcons. Tighthead prop Simon Berghan makes his first appearance since his move from Edinburgh, and Scott Cummings is at blindside in place of Kiran McDonald, who like winger Ratu Tagive is sidelined after being injured last week. 

The 15-man bench includes new signing Jack Dempsey, who can play across the back row, and loosehead prop Brad Thyer, who is on loan from Cardiff. Fraser Brown is among those to miss out on both pre-season games.

Glasgow Warriors (v Worcester Warriors at Sixways, Friday 7pm): Stafford McDowall; Rufus McLean, Sione Tuipulotu, Sam Johnson, Cole Forbes; Ross Thompson, George Horne; Tom Lambert, Johnny Matthews, Simon Berghan, Lewis Bean, Richie Gray, Scott Cummings, Rory Darge, Ryan Wilson. Substitutes: Grant Stewart, Brad Thyer, Murray McCallum, Murphy Walker, Max Williamson, Rob Harley, Rory Jackson, Tom Gordon, Jack Dempsey, Jamie Dobie, Duncan Weir, Finlay Callaghan, Peter Horne, Nick Grigg, Ollie Smith.

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