Glasgow Warriors make ten changes for trip to La Rochelle

New front row and half-backs among alterations for Champions Cup clash

Matt Fagerson
Matt Fagerson returns to the Glasgow Warriors back row to face La Rochelle. Image: © Craig Watson. www.craigwatson.co.uk

GEORGE Horne and Adam Hastings return to the Glasgow starting line-up for tomorrow’s Champions Cup match against La Rochelle – two of ten personnel changes made by Dave Rennie from last week’s defeat by Leinster.

The alterations begin at full-back, where Ruaridh Jackson makes way, with Tommy Seymour returning to the position after being on the wing last week and DTH van der Merwe coming into the line-up. Nick Grigg returns at outside centre in place of Huw Jones, who is missed out of the 23, with Kyle Steyn coming on to the bench.

Up front, there is an all-new front row: Alex Allan is at loosehead in place of the injured Oli Kebble, Fraser Brown returns at hooker, and Zander Fagerson is back at tighthead. Scott Cummings returns at lock, and in the back row Callum Gibbins and Matt Fagerson are at blindside and No 8 respectively. Ryan Wilson moves from 8 to 7 to accommodate Fagerson, while Chris Fusaro is the one to miss out.

Besides Wilson and Seymour, the three others to retain their places in the 15 from last week are Sam Johnson, Niko Matawalu (who moves from 11 to 14) and Jonny Gray.

Nine players are listed as unavailable due to injury: Nick Frisby (ankle), Siua Halanukonuka (calf), Rory Hughes (head), Lee Jones (calf), Kebble (head), Paddy Kelly (hamstring), Kiran McDonald (hip), D’Arcy Rae (hand) and Ratu Tagive (hamstring).

Glasgow Warriors (v La Rochelle at the Stade Marcel Deflandre, Saturday 3.15pm British time, live on BT Sport): T Seymour; N Matawalu, N Grigg, S Johnson, D van der Merwe; A Hastings, G Horne; A Allan, F Brown, Z Fagerson, J Gray, S Cummings, C Gibbins (captain), R Wilson, M Fagerson. Subs: G Turner, A Seiuli, A Nicol, R Harley, T Gordon, A Price, P Horne, K Steyn.

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  1. What is going on with Huw Jones? I’m really sorry but the SRU either need to let him leave or demand he is playing ( at least in the 23) . I can’t help thinking that his form is all down to management. You can’t go from his performances of last 2 yrs to this without a major issue. Same for Dunbar ( once talked of as a lion by Greenwood!!)

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