SCRUM-HALF George Horne and full-back Ollie Smith have been released by Scotland to start for Glasgow Warriors in tomorrow [Friday] night’s United Rugby Championship clash against Zebre at Scotstoun.
Meanwhile loose-head prop Jamie Bhatti and hooker Fraser Brown, who both came off the bench against France last weekend, are also in named in the match-day 23 as replacements.
Also on the bench is prop Oli Kebble who is set to make his first appearance since early December after recovering from a shoulder injury.
Allan Dell makes his first start for the club since his summer arrival having recovered from injury to debut off the bench during last weekend’s away loss against the Lions, and fellow Scotland cap Scott Cummings – who is also on the comeback trail – moves from the second-row to blindside flanker,
Promising prospects Alex Samuel and Gregor Brown are named as second-row and back-row cover (respectively) on the bench.
“It was unfortunate that our unbeaten run came to an end in the way that it did [against Lions away last weekend-, as we know we have performed better this season, but we’re looking forward to getting the wheels in motion again at Scotstoun tomorrow night against a difficult opponent,” said head coach Franco Smith.
“The players have responded well in training all week, and have worked hard across all areas. We’re looking forward to running out at home tomorrow night.”
Glasgow Warriors (v Zebre Parma at Scotstoun Stadium on Friday @ 7.35pm UK time): O Smith; C Forbes, S McDowall©, S Johnson, J McKay; T Jordan, G Horne; A Dell, J Matthews, S Berghan, L Bean, J Du Preez, S Cummings, R Darge, S Vailanu, J. Substitutes: F Brown, J Bhatti, O Kebble, A Samuel, G Brown, T Gordon, S J Dobie, D Weir.
Zebre Parma: R Kriel; J Trulla, T Boni, E Lucchin©, S Gesi; T Eden, C Cook; P Buonfiglio, G Ribaldi, M Nocera, L Krumov, A Zambonin, L Andreani, M Kvesic, D Ruggeri. Substitutes: M Manfredi, L Rizzoli, I Neculai, J Uys, G Licata, R Jelic, G Prisciantelli, D Mazza.
Unavailable for selection: Sebastian Cancelliere (knee), Angus Fraser (head), Sintu Manjezi (knee), Jack Mann (head), Ally Miller (back), Enrique Pieretto (chest), Murphy Walker (neck), Ryan Wilson (knee).
International duty: Jack Dempsey, Matt Fagerson, Zander Fagerson, Richie Gray, Huw Jones, Ali Price, Kyle Steyn, Sione Tuipulotu, George Turner.