Glasgow v Edinburgh: Scott Cummings and Stafford McDowall return for hosts

Danny Wilson has made five personnel changes for 1872 Cup decider following heavy defeat to Benetton last time out

Scott Cummings
Scott Cummings grabbed a vital try for Glasgow in their win over Munster. Image: © Craig Watson -

SECOND-ROW Scott Cummings and inside-centre Stafford McDowall return from long-term injuries as two of the five personnel changes to Glasgow Warriors’ starting XV for Friday night’s 1872 Cup decider against Edinburgh at Scotstoun.

Cummings has been out of action since breaking his hand playing for Scotland against Ireland during the Six Nations, while McDowall has been missing since he hurt his shoulder against Ulster in early November.

The other changes to the starting side after Warriors’ heavy loss to Benetton last time out are Ratu Tagive coming in on the right wing in place of the unavailable Rufus McLean, Ali Price taking over from the benched George Horne at scrum-half, and Tom Gordon returning at openside flanker meaning that Fraser Brown shifts to hooker and George Turner drops to the bench.

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Zander Fagerson will make his 100th appearance for the club at tight-head prop. “It’s a fantastic achievement for Zander to reach 100 Glasgow Warriors appearances at the age of just 25,” said head coach Danny Wilson.

“He has worked extremely hard at his game to become a strong scrummager, but more than that he contributes massively around the park both in attack and defence.

“It’s also great to welcome Scott Cummings and Thomas Gordon back into the starting team – both players have trained well and we’re sure will bring a lot of energy tomorrow night.

“The derbies are exciting occasions and with a Scotland summer tour on the horizon there will be plenty of players with something to prove.

“We look forward to the challenge of a strong Edinburgh side tomorrow evening at Scotstoun.”

Glasgow Warriors (v Edinburgh at Scotstoun, Friday @ 8.15pm): C Forbes; R Tagive, N Grigg, S McDowall, K Steyn; R Thompson, A Price; O Kebble, F Brown, Z Fagerson, R Harley, S Cummings, F Lokotui, T Gordon, R Wilson. Subs: G Turner, T Lambert, E Pieretto, R Gray, L McDonald, G Horne, P Horne, N Matawalu.

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