Glasgow v Edinburgh: Rufus McLean and Ross Thompson get their chance

20-year-old McLean is on the wing and 21-year-old Thompson is at stand-off to face Edinburgh in 1872 Cup clash

Rufus McLean in action for Scotland Under-20s against France last year. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Rufus McLean in action for Scotland Under-20s against France last year. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

DANNY WILSON has turned to youngsters Rufus McLean and Ross Thompson to ignite Glasgow Warriors’ back-line in tomorrow night’s 1872 Cup second-leg clash against Edinburgh at Scotstoun.

20-year-old McLean will make his first appearance at this level on the left wing in place of Ratu Tagive, while 21-year-old Thompson comes in at stand-off for Brandon Thomson, after an encouraging debut off the bench during the last 10 minutes of Saturday’s defeat to the same opposition.

There are two other changes to the starting XV with fit again Oli Kebble replacing Aki Seiuli at loose-head prop, and Robbie Fergusson coming in at inside-centre for Sam Johnson.


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“We wanted to give an opportunity to a few boys we think deserve their shot based on their efforts in training over the last couple of weeks,” said Wilson.

“We’re excited to see how Ross goes at fly-half and for Rufus to get his first run out for the club – he’s a young man with an impressive skill set and electric pace.

“At the same time, though, it’s all about continuing to gel and grow as a squad.

“We’ve worked on a few things we learned from last week, and we’re excited to get back out at Scotstoun on Friday night.”

Glasgow Warriors (v Edinburgh at Scotstoun, Friday 7.35pm): H Jones; L Jones, N Grigg, R Fergusson, R McLean; R Thompson, A Price; O Kebble, G Turner, Z Fagerson, R Gray, S Cummings, R Wilson (captain), T Gordon, M Fagerson. Substitutes: J Matthews, A Seiuli, E Pieretto, L Bean, T Ioane, J Dobie, B Thomson, G Bryce.


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3 Comments

  1. Looking forward to Seeing Ross Thompson for a whole game, would like to see him and Dobie playing together. great chance to view the future, especially if Chamberlain joins the fray for Edinburgh.

    • 100%. Would like to see Dobie get more game time, especially next to another youngster such as Ross at 10. Much quicker speed of ball from the ruck compared to Price.

  2. Lets give the SRU some credit here boys and girls. A good balance of youth on display from both sides. So far it has to be said that 2021 under Dodsons management has been fantastic for Scottish rugby.

    How many players under the age of 22 playing?

    Youth being given game-time at both sides.
    Hamish Watson resigning.
    A money chaser out.
    Refs being given more meaningful games at a European level.

    Let the pros do their Jobs.

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