Glasgow v Dragons: Facundo Cordero and Ruaraidh Hart set for Warriors debuts

Jamie Dobie returns from ankle injury to take a spot on the wing

Facundo Cordero in action for Glasgow Warriors A during the Fosroc Super Series Championship last April. Image: © Craig Watson -
Facundo Cordero in action for Glasgow Warriors A during the Fosroc Super Series Championship last April. Image: © Craig Watson -

ARGENTINEAN winger Facundo Cordero will make his long awaited competitive debut for Glasgow Warriors in tomorrow night’s home URC clash against the Dragons, nearly 11 months after originally signing for the club, after recovering from an ankle injury which kept him out for the first half of this season. 

Fit again scrum-half Jamie Dobie is pressed into action on the opposite wing, while last year’s Scotland Under-20s co-captain Ben Afshar makes his seventh appearance and first start for the club in the No 9 jersey.

Meanwhile, Scotland Under-20s second-row Ruaraidh Hart will also make his first senior appearance in Warriors colours if he is called off the bench, which is a slightly surprising selection given that he is in the middle of an age-grade Six Nations campaign but gives an indication of how threadbare the squad is at the moment. Hart is shadowing two other emerging locks in Max Williamson and Alex Samuel, who pack down together from the start for the first time at this level, having previously formed an impressive combination for Scotland U20s back in 2021.

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At the other end of the experience spectrum, loose-head prop Jamie Bhatti has been released by Scotland’s Six Nations squad and will become the club’s 55th centurion. The other Scotland squad players involved are hooker Johnny Matthews, stand-off Ross Thompson and centre Stafford McDowall, who skippers the side.

“We’re looking forward to being back at home tomorrow night, as we celebrate all of the clubs from Glasgow, Scotland and beyond that helped to shape our Warriors,” said head coach Franco Smith.

“Tomorrow night will be a special moment for Jamie in particular, as he reaches his 100th appearance for the club; he is someone that gives his all every time he is selected for this club, and I know the crowd will show their appreciation tomorrow night.

“We’re also pleased to see Facundo and Ruaraidh pull on the jersey for the first time – both men have worked hard and will be looking to make an impact tomorrow.”


Glasgow Warriors (versus Dragons at Scotstoun Stadium in the URC on Saturday at 7.35pm UK time): J McKay; F Cordero, S McDowall ©, T Jordan, J Dobie; R Thompson, B Afshar; J Bhatti, J Matthews, L Sordoni, M Williamson, A Samuel, E Ferrie, T Gordon, H Venter. Substitutes:  A Fraser, N McBeth, O Kebble, R Hart, S Manjezi, G Hiddleston, S Kennedy, D Weir.

Unavailable for selection through injury: Fraser Brown (knee), Gregor Brown (knee), Sebastian Cancelliere (neck), Richie Gray (bicep), Jack Mann (ankle), Ally Miller (calf), JP du Preez (knee), Ollie Smith (knee), Sione Vailanu (knee), Murphy Walker (knee)

Away on international duty: Scott Cummings, Rory Darge, Jack Dempsey, Matt Fagerson, Zander Fagerson, George Horne, Huw Jones, Kyle Rowe, Sione Tuipulotu, George Turner.

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  1. Edinburgh were poor last night with all their pros, some of the bigger names not anywhere near the form that earned them their reputations. I’d much prefer to see a motivated cobbled together team with youngsters trusted to go out there and do the business…

  2. This is perfect opportunity for many up and coming SQ players to get the experience they need and to what show they can do.
    Scotland really needs those locks to make the jump soon. Ferrie and Hiddleston look players of huge potential to me.
    Interesting that Dobie is playing wing again…with Afshar SH. It seems to me Afshar is moving ahead of Dobie at SH and Dobie’s best chance is to offer versatility of wing/sh.

    • I wouldn’t go that far, considering Afshar has only had a handful of games due to the injuries to Dobie and Horne (and Price leaving). Dobie is only on the wing because we don’t really have any options (although Steyn was released back to Glasgow so interesting to see he isn’t playing), plus he has experience there whereas Afshar doesn’t. Once things are back to normal, I think we’ll see Dobie back rotating with Horne and with Afshar stepping up during international windows.

      • Agreed. I think Dobie is an excellent scrum half, it’s just that he has the pace to cover the wing. I assume he isn’t judged as being ready, but I wouldn’t have minded seeing Logan Trotter get an outing.

  3. You only have to look at the established international’s and seasoned pro’s that Edinburgh can field during the six nations down week and the generally callow, threadbare and knitted together squad the Warriors have trotting out at Scotstoun tomorrow. FFS we could have 3 scrum halves in the backs and Duncy Weir playing centre. What’s going on here SRU why am I paying for a season ticket to sit miles from the pitch viewing over a running track and watch a team that would get absolutely humped by Edinburgh’s available players? I wonder how much of your 10m deficit was spend at the west of the M8? Not much is my guess.
    Irrespective of the obvious discrepancies in funding I’m sure the cobbled together Warriors team will do us proud tomorrow. Hope all the young lads play well and pay Franco back for his trust in them.

    • You have to look at the relative unavailable lists. Glasgow have 20 between injuries and Scotland squad and have a lot more being kept with Scotland than Edinburgh. They have 2 full back rows unavailable with now Miller and Valiant on the list so you need to keep it in perspective. If Glasgow didn’t have all the injuries they would put out a much stronger side.

      The upside is that the youngsters get game time and you have Samuel, Williamson and Ferry all starting together for the first time. And it is the Dragons so no better game to give these guys some game time. You cant have it both ways, often people complain about the youngsters not getting game time and hence progressing.

    • Watching the Edinburgh game, how many of those ‘seasoned pros’ would you really want?
      This is murderously ponderous and very hard to watch. Oh for yet another repeat of Pitch Perfect for an alternative gritty sporting confrontation to watch.

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