Glasgow Warriors preview: Hastings and Nairn re-unite for Warriors debuts

Adam Hastings and Robbie Nairn, who were team-mates for Scotland Under-20 during the 2016 Junior World Cup in Manchester, will make their Glasgow Warriors debuts together this weekend. Image: Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

ADAM HASTINGS has been named at stand-off for Glasgow Warriors’ in their first pre-season friendly of the season against Northampton Saints at Bridgehaugh tomorrow afternoon [Saturday – 2pm kick-off]. The 21-year-old, whose father Gavin played 61 matches for Scotland between 1986 and 1995, moved back north to join the Scotstoun outfit from Bath during the summer.

Robbie Nairn – who played in three Junior World Cups for Scotland Under-20s, including the 2016 campaign alongside Hastings in Manchester, and this summer’s march to a historic fifth place finish in Georgia – is the other debutant on the left wing.

Italian internationalist Leonardo Sarto starts on the other touchline. Scotland cap Rory Hughes is named in the unfamiliar position of full-back. Sam Johnson and Paddy Kelly combine in the centre, while George Horne starts  at scrum-half.

Number eight Adam Ashe will captain the side on his old Stirling County stomping ground, and is joined in the back-row by youngsters Matt Fagerson and another County veteran in Matt Smith.

Scott Cummings in the second-row and Jamie Bhatti at loose-head prop will both be looking to set a positive tone before joining up with the full Scotland training squad for the first time on Sunday.

The average age of the starting fifteen is 20.

On the bench Grant Stewart, Hamilton Burr, George Stokes, Charlie Shiel and Stafford McDowell could all play for Glasgow for the first time; while Kiran McDonald and Robert Beattie both played in the Warriors pre-season game against Canada ‘A’ at Bridgehaugh last year but have not played a competitive match for the club yet.

“I signed twelve months ago, so it’s great to be here and get the chance to finally see the boys in action this weekend. It’s great to take the game to Bridgehaugh. I want to make sure that we interact with people right across our region and show that we’re more than just a Glasgow side,” said head coach Dave Rennie, who only arrived in Scotland from his native New Zealand on Sunday.

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“These boys have been working really hard for the last couple of months, so it’s a good opportunity for them. We’re treating this game like a trial and it’s a chance for the younger guys to make a bit of a statement,” he added .

“We did a fitness test on Monday and 17 of the boys recorded personal bests, so I can’t speak highly enough of how hard everyone has worked. Northampton will ask some serious questions of us, but that’s what we need.”

 

Glasgow Warriors team to play Northampton Saints at Bridgehaugh Park in Stirling on Saturday 19 August, (kick-off 2pm) –

 

15. Rory Hughes (32)

 

14. Leonardo Sarto (8)
13. Paddy Kelly (1)
12. Sam Johnson (24)
11. Robbie Nairn (0)

 

10. Adam Hastings (0)
9. George Horne (3)

 

1. Jamie Bhatti (6)
2. James Malcolm (18)
3. D’arcy Rae (24)
4. Greg Peterson (21)
5. Scott Cummings (17)
6. Matt Fagerson (9)
7. Matt Smith (3)
8. Adam Ashe (39) CAPTAIN

 

Replacements – 

 

16. Alex Allan (51)
17. Grant Stewart (0)
18. Adam Nicol (1)
19. Brian Alainu’uese (16)
20. Kiran McDonald (0)
21. George Stokes (0)
22. Hamilton Burr (0)
23. Chris Fusaro (126)
24. Lewis Wynne (15)
25. Charlie Shiel (0)
26. Stafford McDowell (0)
27. Lee Jones (54)
28. Robert Beattie (0)

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David has worked as a freelance rugby journalist since 2004 covering every level of the game in Scotland for publications including he Herald/Sunday Herald, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, The Scotsman/Scotland on Sunday/Evening News, The Daily Record, The Daily Mail/Mail on Sunday and The Sun.