Glasgow Warriors team v Connacht: reinforcements arrive in the nick of time

Niko Matawalu. Stafford McDowall, Paddy Kelly, Oli Kebble, Chris Fusaro and Matt Fagerson all declared fit to play

Paddy Kelly
Paddy Kelly will make his first competitive start for Glasgow Warriors against Connacht tomorrow night. Image: © Craig Watson -

GLASGOW WARRIORS have been boosted by the recovery from injury and illness of seven players in Niko Matawalu, Stafford McDowall, Paddy Kelly, George Horne, Oli Kebble, Chris Fusaro and Matt Fagerson, ahead of Friday night’s Guinness PRO14 clash against Connacht at Scotstoun.

With ten players away on Scotland duty, the easing of the injury situation, which stood at 14 players missing last week, is very handy timing.

Kelly will be making his first Warriors start at outside centre, alongside his erstwhile Ayr team-mates McDowall (who has recovered from an ankle injury picked up last week) at inside-centre. Fusaro will captain the side from open-side flanker. Fagerson is the only player named above not in the starting XV, with the back-rower named on the bench having recovered from a shoulder injury.

“Connacht are going to bring over a pretty well-oiled team with a lot of experience, ” said head coach Dave Rennie. “They’ve been going really well and because of how tight the comp is this is a big game for both sides.

“They play a pretty good brand of footy and we know they’re going to ask a lot of questions of us, so we’re going to have to be a lot better this week than we were against Cardiff.”

Glasgow Warriors (versus Connacht at Scotstoun Stadium, Friday at 7.35pm, live on Free Sports)Ruaridh Jackson; Kyle Steyn, Paddy Kelly Stafford McDowall, Niko Matawalu; Brandon Thomson, George Horne; Oli Kebble, Grant Stewart, Siua Halanukonuka, Tim Swinson, Scott Cummings, Rob Harley©, Chris Fusaro, Adam Ashe.  Substitues: Kevin Bryce, Jamie Bhatti, Adam Nicol, Matt Fagerson, Thomas Gordon, Nick Frisby, Rory Hughes, Robbie Nairn.

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